Women's Month: Mothers are encouraged to breastfeed regardless of HIV status

  • Women's Month: Mothers are encouraged to breastfeed regardless of HIV status

Women's Month: Mothers are encouraged to breastfeed regardless of HIV status

August 7 will mark the end of World Breastfeeding Week, unfortunately without much of a noticeable campaign promoting healthful breastfeeding practices immediately after childbirth.

Breastfeeding is beneficial for mothers as well since it helps them to lose weight faster. Skin-to-skin contact along with suckling at the breast stimulate the mother's production of breastmilk, including colostrum, also called the baby's "first vaccine", which is extremely rich in nutrients and antibodies.

"For infants to survive, grow and develop as they should, they need to be breastfed".

However, there is broad consensus among many organizations, from the American Academy of Pediatrics to the World Health Organization to UNICEF, that breastfeeding is optimal for mothers and babies when it is possible.

They also viewed that malnutrition is responsible, directly or indirectly, for about one thirds of deaths among children under five years old. As to the benefits of breast milk to the infant and to the benefits of breast feeding on her own body; on her.

The nutritionist emphasized the importance early initiation, exclusive breastfeeding and continued breastfeeding to the health of mothers, children and the economy.

Last Wednesday, the Ministry launched the 2018 World Breastfeeding Week, with the theme: "Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life", aimed at linking nutrition security with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Second Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP-II). It also offers a quiet relaxed time for mother and baby to bond.

It is recommended that babies are fed breast milk for the first six months of life, because studies find that babies do better physically.

In the past decade, Karnataka has witnessed a 4.4% drop in children under the age of six months who are exclusively breastfed. This is especially important as most establishments in Nigeria do not make any provisions for crèches where breastfeeding mothers can bring their babies so that the babies are close enough for the mothers to take breastfeeding breaks and breastfeed their infants. For example, some medicines and drugs can be passed to an infant through breast milk, as well as some infections, which may be harmful. One of the steps to successful exclusive breastfeeding includes allowing mothers and infants remain together 24 hours a day.

Breastfeeding helps the baby's physical and intellectual development, protects mother's health by helping early involution of the uterus, reduces postpartum bleeding, and thereby prevents anaemia, along with many other ailments.

Messages around new mothers struggling with low milk supply, and toddlers needing "toddler milk" to supplement their diets are both unhelpful and untrue.

The SBFO started its celebration of World Breastfeeding Week with a 20-hour training course on breastfeeding that was held on Wednesday in partnership with Khorfakkan Hospital.