NUTRITION: 170 countries celebrate World Breastfeeding Week

World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from 1 to 7 August in more than 170 countries to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world.

Breastfeeding is the best way to provide infants with the nutrients they need. WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding starting within one hour after birth until a baby is six months old. Nutritious complementary foods should then be added while continuing to breastfeed for up to two years or beyond.

Breastfeeding is very important not only to the baby but also to the mother.

  1. It aids in the contraction of the uterus to normal size and prevents post-delivery bleeding
  2. It provides a natural contraceptive that allows the mother’s body to “recover” from the demands of pregnancy
  3. It lowers the risk of breast and ovarian cancer

4.It does not add to the chores of the mother since there are no bottles to be washed & sterilized, no milk formulas to prepare

5.It also helps the mother’s body to return from the pre pregnancy weight

Choosing to breastfeed is the second gift you give to your baby. The first was life!