Celebrated in more than 120 countries around the world, "World Breastfeeding Week" is an annual event held every year from August 1 to August 7. Additionally, it threatened Ecuador, the sponsor country of the resolution, with retaliatory trade measures and removal of military aid if they continued to pursue it.
"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. 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. In fact, a mother who breastfeeds her child can lose as much as 1000 calories a day.
What are some of the benefits of breastfeeding?
Isokpunwu stated that averagely, women breastfeed their babies for only 19 months while a lot of them gave babies water alongside breast milk in the first six months of life. They were steadfast and helped build confidence in my ability to breastfeed the baby, even against the distracting noise of concerns and worries. For instance, children experience fewer ear infections, lower rates of childhood obesity, and are less likely to have asthma. 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.
Breast milk continues to cover most of the infant's nutritional needs until the second year.
It has set a national target of 15% in exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life.
Conversely, there are challenges to breastfeeding.
· If you are a working mother and returning to work, you can also exclusively breastfeed by pumping breast milk during the day, storing it in a clean container and asking the care giver to feed the baby in a palada. More support for families, health professionals, workplaces and childcare centres will ensure that new mothers feel able to look after their newborn and master breastfeeding.
"A lot of women give up on nursing their babies because of lack of support", said Juana Rodriguez, who is a lactation consultant in Cape Coral. Breastfeeding prevents malnutrition and has also irreplaceable role to decrease child mortality, Dr. Belaynesh said. "A mother might face problems like, pain while feeding, change in the nipple colour, cracked, sore nipple, Mastitis, Vasospasm, Plug Ducts, tongue or lip tie or cleft palates are some of the significant problems faced by mothers while feeding", Varsha Satyan, counsellor, Lactation Consultant, Member of Medela India LC Club says. In order to promote early breastfeeding success and breastfeeding outcomes, the Michigan Breastfeeding Network has announced a statewide initiative to provide continuity of care for mothers and babies.