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 statewide initiative that includes the Livingston County Health Department will focus on encouraging breastfeeding this month.
About 15 million babies out of 26 million born every year in India are not able to get the benefit of mother's milk within one hour of their birth despite 80 per cent of them being born in health facilities, according to a new breastfeeding assessment report released on Tuesday.
PIM is one of the common problems breastfeeding women experience. "With adequate breastfeeding, children develop better immunity against diseases such as diarrhea, pneumonia and anemia", says Dr. Sachin. The findings from WHO and partners estimate that global economic losses from lower cognition associated with not breastfeeding reached more than US$ 300 billion in 2012, equivalent to 0.49 per cent of the world's gross national income. "The ministry has also launched an exclusive programme on breastfeeding called "Mother's Absolute Affection" (MAA) that for the first time has made an allocation of Rs 4.5 lakh per district to promote breastfeeding". He based his summation of the FOAD Hypothesis (Fatal origin of adult disease) which is premised on the fact that environmental factors particularly nutrition, act in early life to program risks for cardiovascular and metabolic diseases in adult life.
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According to the latest Uganda Demographic Health Survey and the National Policy Guidelines on Infant and Young Child Feeding, 41 per cent of babies are initiated to breastfeed within the first hour of birth. Besides, milk banks of human donor milk have come up in Mumbai and New Delhi and are being set up in other metro cities. It commemorates the Innocenti Declaration signed in August 1990 by government policymakers, the World Health Organisation (WHO), UNICEF and other organisations to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.
No one can deny the importance of exclusive breastfeeding for the well-being of both the infant and the mother.
Aside children, Prof. Eregie said mothers also benefit from the process, as suckling a baby just an hour after birth kick starts the stimulation of hormones (Oxytocin) for the quick contraction of uterus which prevents "post partum hemorrhage" (bleeding) and "involution" (return of uterus to normal size after birth). The IFCs will be tasked with assisting all mothers with their infant feeding practices.
· Even at night the baby should be breastfed.
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