Opelousas General Health System Celebrates World Breastfeeding Week & National Breastfeeding Month

World breastfeeding week Did you know the benefits of breastfeeding

Breast milk is the first natural food the baby takes, provides it with all the energy and nutritional needs in the first six months of its life.

78 million babies - or every three in five babies - are not breastfed within the first hour of life.

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Now in Ethiopia, only 58 percent of mothers are aware of the significance of breastfeeding for children till six months without any additional food and water, she stated. The findings from WHO and partners estimate that global economic losses from lower cognition associated with not breastfeeding reached more than US$ 300 billion in 2012, equivalent to 0.49 per cent of the world's gross national income.

The report states: "The early initiation of breastfeeding - putting newborns to the breast within the first hour of life - is critical to newborn survival and to establishing breastfeeding over the long term".

A Professor of Child Health and Consultant Neonatologist, University of Benin/University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UNIBEN/UBTH), Charles Eregie, has once more asserted that there are no substitutes to breast milk. Breastfeeding can be good for the mother's health, too - it's linked to a lower risk of both breast and ovarian cancer in women.

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HIV positive, breastfeeding mothers are given a fixed-dose combination drug that is a combination of two or more antiretroviral (ARV) drugs in one pill which allows them to also exclusively breastfeed their babies, preventing a mother-to-child transmission during the infant feeding period. These mini-sessions will cover topics that include breastfeeding, labor comfort measures, infant care and safety, and a brand new class for grandmothers-to-be called Nana's Time.

Briefing journalists yesterday, Ministry's Nutrition Senior Advisor Dr. Belaynesh Yifru stated that breastfeeding is the basis for building healthy generation. "Mothers' milk has living antibodies that protect the baby from getting sick".

"But these are actually signs that the woman's body has adjusted to the baby's feeding requirement".

World Health Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) confirm that breastfeeding contributes to reducing child mortality rates.

This year's World Breastfeeding Week should help us to recommit to doing more to help every child, everywhere, realize the lifesaving benefits of breastfeeding, no matter where they live. Sustained breastfeeding support, education, and consistent, accurate information will help to meet these goals.

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