Published: Sun, August 05, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

Let us promote breastfeeding to improve health of mother, child

Let us promote breastfeeding to improve health of mother, child

Nutritious complementary foods should then be added while continuing to breastfeed for up to 2 years or beyond.

According to studies, breastfeeding is one of the most effective ways of reducing child deaths and promoting healthy development.

Breastfeeding also reduces the risk of breast cancer in mothers, PAHO said.

This incident demonstrates the difficultly many mothers face today as they try to breastfeed in public places yet breast milk needs to be drained at two- to three-hour intervals to prevent mastitis and low milk supply.

"These are some of the things they can do to emphasise the importance of this week", said Nestlé's medical and scientific affairs manager Anne Marie de Beer.

Breastfeeding has many benefits for the infant and mother and chief among these is protection against gastrointestinal infections and malnutrition, which according to the report are observed not only in developing but also industrialised countries.

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Experts say the need for infants to be formula fed arise in certain circumstances, but the baby food manufacturers are running misleading campaigns establishing a supposed equivalence between breast milk and milk formula, leading some mothers to abandon breastfeeding altogether. The practical guidance encourages new mothers to breastfeed and informs health workers about how best to support breastfeeding. The IBA consists of representatives from The Milk Bank; Indiana Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC); Community Health Network; and local breastfeeding coalitions. "Improving breastfeeding practices could save the lives of more than 800,000 children under five every year, the vast majority of whom are under six months of age".

They bribe doctors to prescribe breast milk substitutes to families, he said. "It is important for us to help moms to exclusively breastfeed and not introduce products into the baby's life". Some concerned moms complain that they do not have enough milk, but it is because they are only feeding their babies on demand.

She said mothers had a constitutional right to give nutrition. And women who are HIV-positive and on anti-retrovirals can safely breastfeed their babies without transmitting the virus, research has found.

One possible reason for the advantage of breast milk is that it is rich in long-chain saturated fatty acids which are crucial for brain growth and development which results in the formulation of a higher Intelligence quotient.

As the world marks World Breastfeeding Day from August 1 to 7, the report says breastfeeding within an hour after birth is critical for saving newborn lives and that not breastfeeding them within the first hour puts children at higher risk of death and disease and makes them less likely to continue breastfeeding. The Global Breastfeeding Collective, a World Health Organization and Unicef led group, aims to improve the rates of early breastfeeding initiation to 70pc. "The over-use of bottles and dummies is discouraged", Manyoga advised.

He said that the growing rate of C-section births sharply reduced the rate of breastfeeding in Bangladesh.

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