Opelousas General Health System Celebrates World Breastfeeding Week & National Breastfeeding Month

Grant Boone
August 7, 2018

August 7 will mark the end of World Breastfeeding Week, unfortunately without much of a noticeable campaign promoting healthful breastfeeding practices immediately after childbirth. The celebration provides wonderful opportunity of refreshing knowledge or setting agenda for nursing mothers on breastfeeding for a whole week.

World Health Organization recommends that infants start receiving complementary foods at 6 months of age in addition to breast milk, initially 2-3 times a day between 6 and 8 months, increasing to 3-4 times daily between 9 and 11 months and 12-24 months with additional nutritious snacks offered 1-2 times per day, as desired.

A new report by United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) and World Health Organisation (WHO) reveals that an estimated 78 million babies - or every three in five babies - are not breastfed within the first hour of life, putting them at higher risk of death and disease and making them less likely to continue breastfeeding.

"They also need a breastfeeding plan".

Anisur Rahman said the proportion of breastfeeding among children aged below six months has increased to 64 per cent in 2017, a sharp 23 per cent rise from 2008 when the ratio was 43.

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Britain's rates of breastfeeding are the lowest in the developed world, with just 1 percent of new mums only breastfeeding their children by the age of six months. Nutritious complementary foods should then be added while continuing to breastfeed for up to two years or beyond. Exclusive breastfeeding also helps to bring about bonding of baby and mother and helps delay a new pregnancy. 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.

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. The activity highlighted the most common reason for a breastfed baby not gaining weight and explained to participating mothers and medical staff how to deal with this issue.

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.

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

"It can protect children against infection and promote healthy development and achievement later in life and it also has positive health benefits for mothers in the immediate post-natal period and longer term". Breastfeeding within an hour of birth prevents 20 per cent of newborn deaths. Mothers can carry the pump and storage bag to their work place and pump there to keep up their milk supply.

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