Opelousas General Health System Celebrates World Breastfeeding Week & National Breastfeeding Month


World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) is celebrated every year from August 1 to August 7 across the world to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies. The celebration provides wonderful opportunity of refreshing knowledge or setting agenda for nursing mothers on breastfeeding for a whole week.

"For infants to survive, grow and develop as they should, they need to be breastfed".

In the eastern Mediterranean region, the practice of breastfeeding in the first hour of life, exclusive breastfeeding for six months, and continued breastfeeding for two years is low, which impacts child growth and survival and is associated with high rates of stunting, wasting, overweight and death in children under five. Gestro called breastfeeding a natural process of life, and a great binding process for mother and child. Antibodies are also present in breast milk, which help boost babies' immune system. Exclusive breastfeeding also helps to bring about bonding of baby and mother and helps delay a new pregnancy.

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While the infant formula industry is a US$45 billion global business, with the means to run slick publicity campaigns targeting parents and health professionals, breastfeeding advocates rely mainly on well-documented evidence to get their messages across.

Dr. Polanco said that babies who are exclusively breastfed go on to lead healthier lives.

Speakers at a post-rally discussion in Rajshahi on Thursday mentioned that sufficient breastfeeding is of paramount importance for physical and mental development of babies.

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Are you feeding breast milk to your infant?

"Breastmilk can be refrigerated for up to eight hours and frozen for up to six months in good condition for mothers who will be away from home". Breastfeeding has a multitude of benefits for women and children, regardless of whether they live in a rich or poor household.

"But these are actually signs that the woman's body has adjusted to the baby's feeding requirement".

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"Yet each year, millions of newborns miss out on the benefits of early breastfeeding and the reasons - all too often - are things we can change because mothers simply don't receive enough support to breastfeeding within those crucial minutes after birth, even from medical personnel at health facilities", said Mr Fore. To boost exclusive breastfeeding, the Global Breastfeeding Advocacy Initiative, led by UNICEF and World Health Organization in collaboration with worldwide partners, are providing leadership to improve breastfeeding rates. The HMOs are the third most abundant solid component in human milk after lactose and fat. In Gurgaon, 60 per cent of children under age 6 months are exclusively breastfed while 60 per cent children under age 3 years are breastfed within one hour of birth, the NFHS data states.