Enero 22, 2018

Aisha Buhari : President's Wife canvasses exclusive breastfeeding to ensure healthy babies

02 Agosto 2017, 08:14 | Martinez Canez

World Breastfeeding week to be observed from August 1-7 with the theme of ‘sustaining breastfeeding together

World Breastfeeding week to be observed from August 1-7 with the theme of ‘sustaining breastfeeding together

"I want everyone to have healthy children to begin life with the advantage of breast feeding", she stated.

According to Raj Kumar Pokharel, the chief of nutrition section, Child Health Division, breastfeeding is the first immunisation for a newborn.

Experts said investing in breastfeeding - which helps prevent infant deaths and boosts physical development and IQ - could save hundreds of thousands of children's lives and bring major economic benefits.

World Health Organization recommends that women should breastfeed infants till the age of two as it not only helps to build the emotional bonding between the mother and infant, but also helps women to reduce the abdominal fat they develop during pregnancy.

In a position statement on breastfeeding, published today, the RCPCH also recommends advising mothers that using infant formula supplements, or combining formula feeding with breastfeeding, make it more hard to establish exclusive breastfeeding.

The report adds that breastfeeding is critical for the achievement of numerous United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

Promoting breastfeeding and increasing rates can also play a part in improving health and wellbeing among some of our poorest communities, and reducing health inequalities between them and people in the rest of the city. The health benefits of breastfeeding are beyond question, from reduced likelihood of intestinal, respiratory and ear infections to hospitalisation.

He said exclusive breastfeeding was one of the effective proven strategies to combat malnutrition and other related conditions that contributed to infant and morbidity and mortality in young children. The fact that mothers breastfed their babies lowered the risk of contracting the cancer by almost 20%.

In the latest Global Breastfeeding Scorecard released by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday to commemorate the 2017 World, it has been found that, each year, over 5.4 million Children miss out on the benefits of Exclusive Breastfeeding in Nigeria due to the low level of breastfeeding coverage in the country. An impressive 144 local businesses are signed up as Breastfeeding Welcome venues across the city with more joining every month.

Consequently, UNICEF and WHO have come together with 20 prominent worldwide agencies and non-governmental organizations to form the Global Breastfeeding Collective, to be launched on August 1, the first day of World Breastfeeding Week. In this regard, Brunei Darussalam continues to sustain efforts that encourage mothers to breastfeed.

Each year, the first week of August is being observed as World Breastfeeding Week to encourage mothers and families to support breastfeeding, which is not only good for both mother and the child.

Dr Abo Hamed said that nearly all women are physically able to breastfeed, while frequent feeding and responding to a baby's demands offers the best chance to produce more milk.

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