World Breastfeeding Week 2017


Hurray!! Its World Breastfeeding WeekBrestfeeding

It was in August, 1, 1990, that a group of policymakers at a WHO/UNICEF meeting in Florence, Italy, adopted and signed a declaration to promote breastfeeding across the world. The declaration, (Innocenti Declaration) was the first such attempt at a global level to promote, protect and support breastfeeding.

August 1st to 7th is thus celebrated in more than 170 countries to encourage breastfeeding and help improve the health of babies around the world.

World Breastfeeding Week aims to support the Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding, developed jointly by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

The theme of this year’s edition of the World Breastfeeding Week is SUSTAINING BREASTFEEDING TOGETHER.

This year, all stakeholders, advocates, activists, decision-makers and celebrants are urged to work together to promote policies that make it convenient for women to breastfeed anywhere, anytime.

Great Reasons To Breastfeed

  • Breastfeeding is the best for your baby. It is a good way to bond with your baby owing to the opportunity of physical contact it provides.

  • Breastmilk provides the ideal nutrition for infants and is easily digested by infants.

  • Breast milk contains natural antibodies that we cannot pay for. It is known that breastfed babies do not fall ill often during the first twelve months of their life. They have fewer colds, diarrhea, sinus and ear infections; have fewer hospitalizations and trips to the doctor. Breastfeeding also lowers your baby’s risk of having asthma or allergies.

  • Breastfeeding has been linked to higher intelligence quotient performance in later childhood.

  • Breastfed infants are less likely to become obese.

  • Breastfeeding saves you time and money.

  • Breastfeeding reduces the chances of breast and ovarian cancers.

  • Breastfeeding releases “mothering hormones” like prolactin, which helps keep the baby blues at bay, and oxytocin, which helps the uterus contract.

  • Breastfeeding helps in weight loss after pregnancy, it also contributes to flat tummy. It releases the hormone oxytocin, which helps your uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size and may reduce uterine bleeding after birth. Breastfeeding also lowers your risk of osteoporosis, too.

  • Breastfeeding is really convenient. No formula purchases, no washing of feeding bottles, no waking in the middle of the night to mix baby feed; all you need is to ‘roll over’ and ‘un-zip’. If you have to travel with baby, breastfeeding is oh, so convenient. Breast milk is instantly available and is delivered warm.

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Realities of Formula Feeding

  • Even though, manufacturers of Formula milk strive to mimic the breastmilk, they still fall short in many areas. For instance, formula lack natural growth factor, enzymes, hormones, antibodies, anti-inflammatory factors, probiotics and prebiotics that abound in breastmilk. Thus bottle fed babies lack the natural protection or immunity passed on from mother to child through breastfeeding.

  • Breast milk is always available, already-made and ready to be served at the right temperature whilst formula feeding involves some degree of work (identifying and buying the right milk, washing and sterilizing bottles, getting the water for the mixing ready, mixing the meal, washing and sterilizing the bottle for next feed). If the baby eats small portions at frequent intervals as some babies do, within a day, this routine of bottle feeding can be quite tasking.

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