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Sharjah Baby-Friendly Office marks Breastfeeding Week

07 August 2018

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. 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.

Breast milk is rich in prebiotic human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) which are structurally complicated sugar molecules unique to human breast milk and helps in the development of the infant gut microbiota that ensures immunity against allergic diseases.

"Increasing exclusive breastfeeding rates can avert 100,000 infant deaths annually in Nigeria and add more than 150 million dollars to the Nigerian economy each year".

During the World Breast Feeding week which is marked in the first week of August and is themed as "Breastfeeding support: Close to mothers", experts highlight that infants who are not exclusively breastfed for the first six months are at a greater risk of death from diarrhoea or pneumonia than those who are breastfed.

He stated that the first one thousand days of life- "period of pregnancy and next two years of life", were important for the formation and future trajectory in the growth and development of the child. 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.

It has set a national target of 15% in exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. World Health Organization recommends that infants should be exclusively breastfed to meet their evolving nutritional requirements.

RSVP is not required to attend the Community Baby Shower, however, if you would like to register for the next series of Pre-natal classes in October or December, please visit http://www.opelousasgeneral.com, our Facebook page or contact Darlene Fontenot at 948-5103.

Breast milk continues to cover most of the infant's nutritional needs until the second year. Many women also fear that breastfeeding wilts their breasts, while research has proved otherwise, thereby busting the myth that breastfeeding leads to drooping of breasts. "Importantly, each of those children would be given the strongest foundation for lifelong health and optimal nutrition, and the best chance possible of achieving the highest attainable standard of health".

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

The World Breastfeeding Week is observed to bring to the fore, the importance of breastfeeding and its benefits to mother and child. In Egypt, only 19 per cent of babies born by C-section were breastfed in the first hour after birth, compared to 39 per cent of babies born by natural delivery. Mothers can carry the pump and storage bag to their work place and pump there to keep up their milk supply.

Sharjah Baby-Friendly Office marks Breastfeeding Week