August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month

Modesto Morganelli
Agosto 7, 2018

During the World Breast Feeding week which is marked in the first week of August and is themed as "Breastfeeding support: Close to mothers", experts highlight that infants who are not exclusively breastfed for the first six months are at a greater risk of death from diarrhoea or pneumonia than those who are breastfed.

Breastfeeding helps the baby's physical and intellectual development, protects mother's health by helping early involution of the uterus, reduces postpartum bleeding, and thereby prevents anaemia, along with many other ailments.

Breastfeeding is by far the most natural and ideal way to feed your baby.

He surmised that the little baby breastfed benefits from the growth spot during the first six months of life, coupled with the child's survival that protects the baby from diseases, disorders and help nourish good nutrition. Addressing a workshop organized by the State Health Society, Nalanda Medical College and Hospital (NMCH) and UNICEF to mark the World Breastfeeding Week, NMCH's paediatrics department head Dr Alka Singh said, "Now, more and more mothers are opting for breastfeeding". It also offers a quiet relaxed time for mother and baby to bond.

"Breastfeeding children within an hour of their birth allows them access to colostrum, the first of breast milk that is rich in antibodies". The celebration provides wonderful opportunity of refreshing knowledge or setting agenda for nursing mothers on breastfeeding for a whole week. These mini-sessions will cover topics that include breastfeeding, labor comfort measures, infant care and safety, and a brand new class for grandmothers-to-be called Nana's Time. He based his summation of the FOAD Hypothesis (Fatal origin of adult disease) which is premised on the fact that environmental factors particularly nutrition, act in early life to program risks for cardiovascular and metabolic diseases in adult life. Other challenges can arise around a woman's milk supply or an infant's ability to latch on to the breast.

We also need to realise that bottle feeding has become so normalised that many women seeking to breastfeed are missing out. It is important to note there are circumstances that make it challenging or not possible to breastfeed.

Breastfeeding has also been identified as a high-impact intervention to achieve the Global Strategy for Women's, Children's and Adolescents' Health (2016-2030), which was launched alongside the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a roadmap for ending preventable deaths in a generation. Breastfeeding prevents malnutrition and has also irreplaceable role to decrease child mortality, Dr. Belaynesh said.

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