August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month

  • August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month

August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month

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. 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. With no additional burden on household income, breastfeeding is a low-priced way of feeding babies and contributes to poverty reduction.

"Many women think that milk supply is low when it isn't". Making sure women have the information and resources they need to make the choice that is best for them and their baby is hopefully something we can all support.

World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) is celebrated every year from August 1 to August 7 across the world to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies.

He surmised that the little baby breastfed benefits from the growth spot during the first six months of life, coupled with the child's survival that protects the baby from diseases, disorders and help nourish good nutrition. Early initiation of breastfeeding can prevent deaths caused due to diarrhoea and pneumonia.

A child is being breastfed by the mother.

A nursing mother, Mrs. Onoshaze Omorunyi while enumerating on the benefits also talked about challenges of breastfeeding. Cone Health Women's Hospital and Alamance Regional Medical Center have established several classes and support groups to give expectant mothers tips and tools on how to get breastfeeding off to a great start and continue the process successfully.

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

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"In 1990, no woman knew about exclusive 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.

Prof. Osawaru Oviawe, on his own part, stressed on maintaining the complete immunization doses for babies in addition to optimal breastfeeding up to six months, to build malaria antibodies as well as drive down asthma and eczema allergic reactions associated with milk substitutes.

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

"Breastfeeding also plays an important role in achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals for motherhood and childhood".