Women's Month: Mothers are encouraged to breastfeed regardless of HIV status

Women's Month: Mothers are encouraged to breastfeed regardless of HIV status

Masina said mothers may have observed that health practitioners at clinics encourage breastfeeding as opposed to bottle feeding as they may harbour infections on the artificial tit.

Breastfeeding is by far the most natural and ideal way to feed your baby. The HMOs are the third most abundant solid component in human milk after lactose and fat. If the mother is in anti-cancer medicine, hyperthyroid (antithyroid medicine) or a motherless child, they would need a guide.

Enumerating on this to participants and health personnel at the world breastfeeding week symposium, with theme, "Breastfeeding: Foundation of life" organized by the Institute of Child Health (ICH), UNIBEN/UBTH, in collaboration with Department of worldwide and Global Studies, Mercer University, USA, Professor Eregie observed that it was a technical misnomer to refer to some entities as breast milk substitutes, as alternative food, for feeding babies.

Isokpunwu stated that averagely, women breastfeed their babies for only 19 months while a lot of them gave babies water alongside breast milk in the first six months of life.

Breastfeeding is beneficial for mothers as well since it helps them to lose weight faster. Breast milk continues to provide essential nutrients for childhood development up to two years.

1 reported dead after accident causes explosion near Bologna airport
The bridge partly collapsed and fire spread to a auto park below, where several more vehicles exploded at about 14:00 (12:00 GMT). Italian media said a truck carrying cars collided on a bridge with another tanker truck containing explosive materials.

Speakers at a post-rally discussion in Rajshahi on Thursday mentioned that sufficient breastfeeding is of paramount importance for physical and mental development of babies.

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.

Messages around new mothers struggling with low milk supply, and toddlers needing "toddler milk" to supplement their diets are both unhelpful and untrue. One of the steps to successful exclusive breastfeeding includes allowing mothers and infants remain together 24 hours a day.

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. Supportive healthcare systems, adequate maternity leave entitlements, workplace interventions, counselling and educational programmes can all help to improve breastfeeding rates.

The City of Ekurhuleni has joined the world community to commemorate the World Breastfeeding Week to promote health and sustainable development. Breastfeeding prevents malnutrition and has also irreplaceable role to decrease child mortality, Dr. Belaynesh said.

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