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CPS urges moms to breastfeed

09 August 2018

A consultant paediatrician with the National Hospital Abuja, Dr Tolulope Otuneye, has advised nursing mothers to seek medical assistance when breastfeeding becomes hard.

She noted that many mothers today have known the importance of breastfeeding and sensitization programmes were meant to continue in order to give mothers tips on the importance of exclusive breastfeeding. Many chemotherapeutic drugs can harm the feeding child. Only 42 percent of total babies in the world receive breast milk in the first hour of birth.

The Governor's wife commended the theme for this year: "Breastfeeding: Foundation for Life", describing it as apt and the basic truth about the practice. Breastfeeding should however continue till at least one year of age. These benefits are irrespective of where you live and your economic status.

To promote breastfeeding among mothers, India has enacted the Infant Milk Substitutes, Feeding Bottles and Infant Foods Act, (IMS Act) 2003 that regulates production, supply and distribution of infant milk substitutes.

The Michigan Breastfeeding Network has announced a statewide project to help provide quality care for moms and babies overtime.

Breastfeeding is beneficial for mothers as well since it helps them to lose weight faster. 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.

The benefits of breastfeeding for the mother include protection against breast and ovarian cancers, hip fracture later in life and postmenopausal cardiovascular disease (the longer mothers breastfeed, the greater their protection against breast and ovarian cancer, and hip fractures).

The 33-year-old mother took to Twitter, explaining how she desperately wanted to breastfeed her baby but struggled.

Exclusive breastfeeding levels remain low across Africa.

Sincerely, this is very desirable as it will support the mother practise exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of the baby's life. Globally, the breastfeeding rate now stands at 40%. This is to enable the mother breastfeed the baby on demand whenever the baby wants to breastfeed. Only 60 per cent of infants under six months are exclusively breastfed. Most mothers find it hard to breast-feed in public as nursing in public is not common in India.

Another important issue is how soon mothers are expected to breastfeed their babies. Breast milk contains immunoglobulins and antibodies that help your baby fight viruses and bacteria. This can make you and your baby vulnerable to infections. "It's been shown that feeding formula too early puts babies at risk of developing allergies". This is usually about 8 times during the day and 4 times at night but there should be no limit this is just a guide. This is based on a report from UNICEF and WHO. World Health Organization and UNICEF have created a Network for Global Monitoring and Support for Implementation of the International Code (NetCode) with the objective of strengthening capacity for Code monitoring, adherence and implementation.

The City of Ekurhuleni has joined the world community to commemorate the World Breastfeeding Week to promote health and sustainable development. Good nutrition in the first 1000 days of a child's life is critical for child growth, wellbeing and survival, and future productivity.

CPS urges moms to breastfeed