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World Breastfeeding Week
1-7 August 2016
Breastfeeding: Akey to Sustainable Development
World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from 1 to 7 August to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world.
It commemorates the Innocenti Declaration signed in August 1990 by government policymakers, WHO, UNICEF and other organizations to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.
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 6 months old. Nutritious complementary foods should then be added while continuing to breastfeed for up to 2 years or beyond.
This year, WHO is encouraging people to “Support mums to breastfeed anytime, anywhere,” as all of
Benefits of Breastfeeding for Baby:
Benefits for Mother:
Benefits for the Society:
All we need to know about Breastfeeding:
Q: Up to what age can a baby stay well nourished by just being breastfed?
A:Infants should be exclusively breastfed – i.e. receive only breast milk – for the first six months of life to achieve optimal growth,
WHO recommends that infants start receiving complementary foods at six months (180 days) of age in addition to breast milk. Foods should be adequate, meaning that they provide sufficient energy,
The transition from exclusive breastfeeding to full use of family foods is a very vulnerable period. It is the time when many infants become malnourished, contributing significantly to the high prevalence of malnutrition in children under five years of age worldwide. It is essential therefore that infants receive appropriate, adequate and safe complementary foods to ensure the right transition from the breastfeeding period to the full use of family foods.
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