BreastFeeding -A matter of life and death

world breastfeeding week
world breastfeeding week

 

Did you know ?  that breastfeeding you new baby within the first hours of life can greatly improve your child’s chance of being a healthy human being( now you know)

According to the UN ,an estimated 78 million newborns have a higher risk of death each year from not drinking their mother’s milk within the first hours of being born, .

The World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF, the UN children’s agency, have published a convincing report after observing mothers in about 76 developing -type countries.

 

The report shows statistics that two out of five babies are breastfed immediately after being born with East and Southern Africa women having the majority , East Asia and the Pacific women have the minority in this case.
“Each year, millions of newborns miss out on the benefits of early breastfeeding and we are to blame for this,” said Henrietta Fore ,executive director of UNICEF .

 

Reasons for the Low  First Hour Breastfeed Rate

  1. Lack of support from the medical personnel at the health facilities.
  2. Practices like — throwing  away the mother’s first milk and feeding the infant with formula.
  3. Increase in the amount of caesarean births.
  4. In Africa,traditional beliefs and illiteracy are a major issue.

 

Earlier studies show how delaying breastfeeding between two and 23 hours increases an infant’s risk of dying by 33 percent.

Among newborns who started breastfeeding a day or more after birth, the risk was more than twice as high.

Colostrum, the first milk produced by mothers,  is very nutritious and helps prepare the baby’s digestive tract  for  breast-milk digestion.

Benefits of breastfeeding

  • Breast-milk is the perfect infant formula for your baby-it contains vitamins, protein, fat and everything nice.
  •  Strengthens the baby’s immune system as breast milk contains antibodies  that helps in fighting diseases
  •  Faster weight loss  after pregnancy(breast-milk contains about  20 calories per ounce, so do the math)
  • Aid  in the Detection of  breast Cancer,so the longer  you breast feed your infant  the  better for you.
  • Research shows that breastfed babies  become smarter children.
  • Breast feeding  improves  the bond between a mother and  baby.
  • Lowers the baby’s risk of having asthma or allergies.
  • It can also help mothers relax.
  • Its cheaper  to breastfeed .

 

If you  are struggling  with breastfeeding  problems  we ‘ve got you  covered  (BABY ADVICE) 

Check  out:7 most common  breastfeeding  problems  and simple ways to deal  with  them

 

In the report, UNICEF and WHO urge governments to adopt strong legal measures to restrict the marketing of infant formula and other breast-milk substitutes.

UNICEF recommend that babies should be exclusively breastfed up to an age of six months, after which they can begin incorporating some food and other liquid into their diet alongside breastfeeding.

 

Call to Action1:  Let’s  actively support our loved ones (sisters,mothers,wives ,colleagues)  to breast feed  both at home and public places.

Call to Action  2: In the  spirit of supporting the  women, kindly SHARE this  post to your wives, sisters, girlfriends…

Your  kind  gesture  might just  save a baby.

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