Abid Hussain Wani
Kishtwar, August 02: World breast feeding week were celebrated at Block Medical Office kishtwar in which Block Medical Officer Kishtwar Dr Ghansham Singh briefly expressed his views regarding the importance of Breast Feeding and strictly directed to all the Officers/Officials/Asha Workers to go every village nearer to their health institutions and teach every mother the importance of breast feeding.
Block Medical Officer Kishtwar Dr Ghansham Singh briefly expressed his views that World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from 1 to 7 August all over the globe to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world.
Breastfeeding is a universal solution that gives everyone a fair start in life. It improves the health, wellbeing and survival of women and children around the world. In a world filled with inequality, crises and poverty, breastfeeding is the foundation of lifelong good health for babies and mothers.
The slogan of World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) 2019 is “Empower Parents, Enable Breastfeeding”.
WBW is organized by World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), which is a global network concerned with the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding worldwide with the coordination of the WHO/UNICEF (World Health Organization/United Nations Children’s Fund).
This slogan focuses on both parents to be empowered in order to realise their breast feeding goals.
The process of empowerment requires evidence-based unbiased information and support to create the enabling environment where mothers can breastfeed optimally. Breastfeeding is in the mother’s domain and when fathers, partners, families, workplaces, and communities support her, breastfeeding improves.
Breast milk is the natural first food for babies, it provides all the energy and nutrients that the infant needs for the first months of life, up to half or more of a child’s nutritional needs during the second half of the first year, and up to one-third during the second year of life. While breast feeding is a natural act, it is also a learned behavior. Mothers and other caregivers need active support for establishing and maintaining optimal breast feeding (exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life and continued breastfeeding up to 2 years or beyond, together with age-appropriate, nutritionally adequate and safe complementary foods).
Optimal breastfeeding has lifelong positive health effects on:
Combats infectious diseases; decreases incidence and severity of diarrhea; lowers respiratory infections and acute otitis media; prevents dental caries and malocclusion;
Faster maternal recovery and weight loss postpartum; helps with birth spacing; reduces risk of breast and ovarian cancers; less maternal postpartum depression;
lowers the risk of hypertension, WHO and UNICEF recommend:
Initiation of breast feeding within the first hour of life exclusive breast feeding up to 6 months of age (the infant only receives breast milk without any additional food or drink, not even water unless there are medical reasons).
Breast feeding on demand that is as often as the child wants, day and night. No use of bottles, teats or pacifier continued breastfeeding up to 2 years of age or beyond, with introduction of nutritionally adequate and safe complementary (solid) foods at 6 months.