Breastfeeding is recommended for the first six months of life after birth and should not be replaced by formula milk, juice or water. 2015-16, 54.2%, children younger than six months are breastfed exclusively, which was 58.6% in 2005-06.
This year's World Breastfeeding Week should help us to recommit to doing more to help every child, everywhere, realize the lifesaving benefits of breastfeeding, no matter where they live.
Kenya is among the countries that have been able to achieve the World Health Assembly (WHA) target of increasing exclusive breastfeeding to 50 per cent by 2025.
Enumerating on this to participants and health personnel at the world breastfeeding week symposium, with theme, "Breastfeeding: Foundation of life" organized by the Institute of Child Health (ICH), UNIBEN/UBTH, in collaboration with Department of worldwide and Global Studies, Mercer University, USA, Professor Eregie observed that it was a technical misnomer to refer to some entities as breast milk substitutes, as alternative food, for feeding babies. A child's health starts from day one.More news: Palestinian killed in Israeli airstrikes on Gaza Strip
"Breastfeeding children within an hour of their birth allows them access to colostrum, the first of breast milk that is rich in antibodies".
When babies consume breast milk, they are less likely to develop respiratory illnesses, diabetes, and other diseases.
Jaideep Malhotra, the president of the Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI), said a more holistic report was needed and there was a need to spread awareness about the importance of breast milk. Those who breastfed their child have a lower risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer as well as heart disease or osteoporosis. There are also a number of unfortunate myths that deter women from breastfeeding. This can happen if the woman loses the feeling of fullness in her breasts or if milk stops leaking from the nipple.
Professor Eregie talked about the idea of having a human milk bank on standby as obtainable in advanced climes to fill an observed vacuum during a time of crises.More news: How To Use Alexa's Answer Update
However, there are several other barriers to breastfeeding children including ignorance of benefits of breastfeeding, improper advice from friends and family leading to supplement breast milk with formula, lack of support for working mothers from employers in providing environment conducive for breastfeeding, and lack of trained health workers who can guide new mothers about the right techniques of breastfeeding. Reduced milk production will affect both the mother and the infant that may lead to frustration. But while undergoing treatment, a woman on radiation therapy should avoid breast feeding for that period. Mothers should feed the baby immediately after birth in one hour time and should frequently breastfeed after that, irrespective of whether the milk is produced or not.
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