World Breastfeeding Week is observed during the first week of August every year. It was initially started in the year 1992 by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding action. Later, it was started being celebrated in more than 120 countries worldwide by the UNICEF, WHO and their participants like associations, governments, and individuals.
This initiative has been emphasized to a great extent by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization(WHO) to promote a healthy living for both mother and the child. It is highly advised to all the mothers that they must provide breastfeeding to their baby for the first six months of life and post that a supplemented breastfeeding can be provided for two or more years. The theme for this year goes as ”Sustaining Breastfeeding”. To add to the efforts for promotion of breastfeeding , the Health Ministry has taken an initiative by organizing a nationwide program called ‘‘MAA-Mother’s Absolute Affection” to get the undiluted focus on promotion of breastfeeding & provision of services that lead in the direction of breastfeeding support, along with the ongoing efforts of the routine health techniques.
These initiatives are taken so that women can understand the many benefits of breastfeeding to theirs and child’s health.
Benefits of breastfeeding to the baby:
Breast milk provides the essential nutrition for the newborn. It contains a perfect mix of protein, fats, and vitamins(everything a baby needs for the development). It even contains the antibodies that help the baby fight off the bacteria and viruses. Breastfeeding reduces the baby’s risk of having allergies or asthma. Moreover, infants who are exclusively breastfed for the initial six months, without any extra supplement, have fewer chances of respiratory illnesses, bouts of diarrhea and ear infections. They even have fewer visits to the doctor.
Are there any benefits to the mother?
Of course! Breastfeeding burns the extra calories and hence helps you lose pregnancy weight faster. It releases the hormone oxytocin, that helps the uterus return to its size that was before the pregnancy and even reduces the excessive uterine bleeding after delivery. It even reduces the risk of ovarian and breast cancer. Moreover, it can even reduce the risk of osteoporosis. When you do not have to purchase or measure any formula, warm bottles or sterilize nipples, it also saves your money as well as time. It allows you regular time to relax and develop a caring and loving bond with your infant.
This World Breastfeeding Week, make sure to spread the word of awareness amongst every woman. Gift the baby and the mother a healthy and safe life!Tags: Breastfeeding Benefits, World Breastfeeding Week