For every newborn baby perfect nutritional food is Breast milk specially in the first 6 months. To propagate this & to promote breast feeding, August 1-7 is celebrated as Breast feeding week all over the world. Breastfed babies are healthy & Breastfeeding has enormous benefits for the baby, mother, family, society, country & the environment!
Brief History of World Breast feeding week. (WBW)
In 1991 -The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) was formed to protect, promote and support breastfeeding. A day dedicated to breastfeeding was suggested to be marked in the calendar of international events. The idea of a day's celebration was later turned into a week.
In 1992- WBW was first celebrated. Now it involves over 170 countries and is endorsed by UNICEF, WHO, FAO and IPAE.
In 2015 September-the world leaders committed to 17 goals aimed at ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring prosperity -together forming the "Sustainable Development Goals"
In 2016 -theme of WBW is to spread the links between breastfeeding and the Sustainable Development Goals. We all have a part to play in achieving these goals by 2030
Advantages of Breastfeeding Baby
Protects baby from infections, allergy, asthma
Reduces the risk of diarhoea, ear infection, respiratory illness
Improves IQ & brain development
Promotes bowel movements & prevents constipation
Provides good hydration
Easly digestible, daily available & free !
Suckling optimises hand-eye coordination
Prevents intestinal problem like necrotising entercolitis(NEC)
Satisfy baby's emotional needs
Natural tranquilliser for the baby
Pain relief for babies
Less vomiting and gastric reflexes
Facilitates proper jaw and dental development
Breast fed babies get fewer dental cavities
Better speech development and cognitive function
Reduces the risk of obesity, diabetes, hypertension
Helps in losing weight
Decreases uterine bleeding /blood loss
Reduced risk of breast/ovarian cancer, osteoporosis, post partum depression, type 2 diabetes
Save time and money
Easy to feed & free
Increases self confidence
More sleep for parents
Start breast feeding within one hour of birth
Feed each side for 15-20 minutes - avoid bottles/pacifiers
Fore milk is rich in protein, glucose, water
Hind milk is rich in immunoglobulins, fat
Feed minimum for twelve months
Average milk production per day by both breast is one litre
Breast milk can be stored hygienically & can be used later
25% of new moms never breast feed
23% breastfeed upto 12 months
Breastfeeding causes sagging of breasts
Feeding need not be frequent in bottle feeding
Colostrum should not be fed
Baby should be given honey/sugar/jaggery water before feeding to welcome him into the world
Small breasts produces less milk
Shouldn't breastfeed when mother is ill (diarrhoea, cough, cold)
Cry indicates less milk
For every newborn baby perfect nutritional food is Breast milk specially in the first 6 months.
To propagate this & to promote breast feeding, August 1-7 is celebrated as Breast feeding week all over the world. Breastfed babies are healthy & Breast feeding has enormous benefits for the baby, mother, family, society, country & the environment!
Food that increases breast milk
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