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August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month

07 August 2018, 05:23 | Rodolfo Wallace

August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month

The survey also revealed that not even 50% of the children under three years of age in the city are breastfed within an hour of their birth

Celebrated in more than 120 countries around the world, "World Breastfeeding Week" is an annual event held every year from August 1 to August 7.

In his Breastfeeding Awareness Month Proclamation, Governor Snyder stated that MI is committed to reducing infant mortality and increasing the health of mothers and babies.

He stated that even in scenarios where breastfeeding was challenged for instance, due to the demise of a mother at birth, effort should be made to seek out an already breastfeeding relative, who could volunteer to feed both her baby and the other baby placed in her care, at the same time through "tandem breastfeeding". The findings from WHO and partners estimate that global economic losses from lower cognition associated with not breastfeeding reached more than US$ 300 billion in 2012, equivalent to 0.49 per cent of the world's gross national income.

The question of exclusive breastfeeding as the best way to provide infants with the nutrients they need has been a subject of several studies.

Masina said HIV positive breastfeeding mothers are given a fixed-dose combination drug that is a combination of two or more ARV drugs in one pill which allows them to also exclusively breastfeed their babies, preventing a mother-to-child transmission during the infant feeding period.

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According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), breast milk is the preferred and most appropriate source of nutrition for infants, adapting over time to meet the changing needs of the growing baby.

Are you feeding breast milk to your infant? Breastfeeding also reduces ill health in children, improves their educational potential and probably their earnings as adults.

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.

Ms Opendi said exclusive breastfeeding right from the first hour protects children from malnutrition and other early childhood diseases. A lot of them require breast milk for various biological reasons. This milk is thick and yellow, rich in antibodies and vitamin A which protect the baby against allergy and infection. Sustained breastfeeding support, education, and consistent, accurate information will help to meet these goals.

Promoting, supporting and protecting breastfeeding is one way we can help give our children a strong foundation for optimal development.

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