August Is Breastfeeding Awareness Month

07 August, 2018, 05:24 | Author: Lillian Steele
  • World breastfeeding week Did you know the benefits of breastfeeding

After six months, breastfeeding should be continued along with other nourishing foods for the baby. Breastfeeding is also a proven primary prevention strategy, protecting both infants and mothers from a host of chronic and acute diseases and conditions and building a foundation for life-long health and wellness. The activity highlighted the most common reason for a breastfed baby not gaining weight and explained to participating mothers and medical staff how to deal with this issue.

Only about 5% of women are unable to produce enough milk with the right help, and toddlers certainly don't need commercial toddler milk.
If the mother is in anti-cancer medicine, hyperthyroid (antithyroid medicine) or a motherless child, they would need a guide. Breastfeeding also reduces ill health in children, improves their educational potential and probably their earnings as adults.

"World Breastfeeding Week gives us an opportunity to further educate people about the benefits of breastfeeding to save lives and improve the overall health of infants and their mothers", she said. Very low exclusive breastfeeding rate has persisted among mothers in Nigeria with the National rate at 25% in 2014 (National Nutrition and Health Survey, 2014).

Are you feeding breast milk to your infant?

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· Even at night the baby should be breastfed. 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.

2015-16, 54.2%, children younger than six months are breastfed exclusively, which was 58.6% in 2005-06.

In a statement this week Laura Sayce, Lactation Consultant at Life Healthcare's Genesis Maternity Clinic, said research has demonstrated that mothers and other caregivers require active support for establishing and sustaining appropriate breastfeeding practices.

In celebration and recognition of National Breastfeeding Month and World Breastfeeding Week, Opelousas General Health System is offering a free Community Baby Shower for all new & expectant parents and grandparents, as well as business owners, church and community organization leaders on Thursday, August 9th from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.in the 3rd floor OGHS Auditorium. Breastfeeding is important to child survival in all settings, but also to ensuring that children can thrive and reach their full cognitive and developmental potentials throughout their lives.

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