August Is Breastfeeding Awareness Month

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The Institute for Nutrition in Central America and Panama (INCAP) is hosting a workshop in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and PAHO to commemorate breastfeeding week, which is being celebrated under the theme "Breastfeeding: Foundation for Life".

A nursing mother, Mrs. Onoshaze Omorunyi while enumerating on the benefits also talked about challenges of breastfeeding.

Breast milk is rich in prebiotic human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) which are structurally complicated sugar molecules unique to human breast milk and helps in the development of the infant gut microbiota that ensures immunity against allergic diseases.

The speakers said breastfeeding is the best way to provide infants with the nutrients they need.

Exclusive breastfeeding by definition is giving the baby only breast milk from birth until 6 months of age.

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.

Laura Kiige, a nutritionist at the United Nation Children's Fund added that Unicef was working with the Ministry of Health to ensure that workplaces and other public spaces become breastfeeding-friendly. Scientific evidence supports the importance of breastfeeding practices that reduce child mortality and morbidity, malnutrition, and non-communicable diseases. Exclusive breastfeeding also helps to bring about bonding of baby and mother and helps delay a new pregnancy.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), only 40% of infants under six months are exclusively breastfed globally.

The ministry of health and Health experts also emphasise exclusive breastfeeding for mothers for at least six months as this increases chances of babies growing up healthier and bonding with their mothers.

Keeping Up with the Kardashians star, Khloe Karsdashian revealed how she had to start her two-month-old daughter, True Thompson on formula because she was struggling to produce sufficient breast milk.

Regulating an industry that makes profits on the back of women choosing not to breastfeed is a good start. During the same period, the rates of early initiation of breastfeeding decreased from 40 per cent to 27 per cent. There are also health benefits for mothers such as having a lower risk of breast and ovarian cancers. OGHS has also recently earned The Gift designation The Gift is an evidence-based designation program for Louisiana birthing facilities created to increase breastfeeding rates and hospital success by improving the quality of maternity services and enhancing patient-centered care.

"Many women think that milk supply is low when it isn't".



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