Breastfeeding vital for babies' sound growth: speakers

Faith Castro
August 7, 2018

This year, the USA took issue with the language of the World Health Assembly resolution proposed in May calling for member nations to "promote, support and protect" breastfeeding. The celebration provides wonderful opportunity of refreshing knowledge or setting agenda for nursing mothers on breastfeeding for a whole week. It contains vital vitamins and nutrients that the baby needs in the initial months after birth. Babies who are exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months of their lives have lower risk of respiratory infection, sudden infant death syndrome and fewer bouts of diarrhea. Gestro called breastfeeding a natural process of life, and a great binding process for mother and child.

Infants who have not been breastfed, face 15 times more chances of dying from pneumonia and 11 times more likely to die from diarrhoea than children who are exclusively breastfed.

Britain's rates of breastfeeding are the lowest in the developed world, with just 1 percent of new mums only breastfeeding their children by the age of six months. Breastfeeding is important, as it significantly boosts a baby's immune system and helps protects them from various illnesses. "After that, if the baby and mother both mutually chose to continue, breastfeeding can be continued for up to two years of the baby's age", said Dr Asmita Mahajan, SL Raheja Hospital, Mahim. Exclusive breastfeeding also helps to bring about bonding of baby and mother and helps delay a new pregnancy. This year, World Health Organization is working with UNICEF and partners to promote the importance of helping mothers breastfeed their babies within that crucial first hour of life.

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.

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Regulating an industry that makes profits on the back of women choosing not to breastfeed is a good start. For example, the office doesn't have a nursing room for when mothers need to pump their breast milk in private.

After the first feed, babies are to be breastfed on demand that is whenever the baby shows signs of hunger day and night.

It also helps women regain their normal weight faster, and contribute to the formation of strong mother-child bonds, which reduces the risk of postpartum depression and is a safe and economical means of nutrition. During the same period, the rates of early initiation of breastfeeding decreased from 40 per cent to 27 per cent. OGHS has also recently earned The Gift designation The Gift is an evidence-based designation program for Louisiana birthing facilities created to increase breastfeeding rates and hospital success by improving the quality of maternity services and enhancing patient-centered care. Other challenges can arise around a woman's milk supply or an infant's ability to latch on to the breast.

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