August 1 – 7 marks the World’s Breastfeeding week and is celebrated yearly in support and to encourage breastfeeding in order to improve the health of babies around the world.
Breastfeeding is the best way to provide infants with all the nutrients they need to get from a mother. WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding an hour right after the baby was borne.
This year, WHO is working effortlessly with UNICEF and partners to promote how important the breastfeeding to help mothers feed their babies within that crucial first hour of life.
Here’s the Top 10 Facts about Breastfeeding and how it can benefit both mom and the baby:
- According to World Health Organization (WHO) breast milk is the ideal food for newborns and infants, as it provides all the nutrients that the babies need for their healthy development, which includes the baby’s antibodies that help protect every infant and newborns from common childhood illness such as diarrhea, and pneumonia are both are common cause for child mortality worldwide.
- For the period of 2007 – 2014, only 36% of infants aged from 0-6 months worldwide were exclusively breastfed. The lives of over 820,000 children could be saved every year among children. Under 5 years, if all children 0 - 23 months were optimally breastfed.
- It is recommended by WHO to exclusively breastfeed all babies an hour after their birth until the baby is 6 months old to promote ultimate health.
- Skin to skin contact between mother and baby with suckling both help to stimulate the production of breastmilk including “colostrum” which is considered the baby’s first vaccine – which is extremely rich in nutrients and antibodies.
- To meet the growing needs of babies from 6-month old, parents can introduce nutritionally adequate and safe complementary food while continuing to breastfeed up to 2 years of age or even beyond.
- Breast milk can provide half or more of a child’s energy needs between the ages of 6 and 12 months, and 1/3 of energy needs between 12 and 24 months. Breastfeeding is also a critical source of energy and nutrients for babies during sickness.
- Breastfeeding also helps boost health later in life, with teens and adults who were breastfed less likely to be overweight or obese and less likely to have type 2 diabetes. It is also associated with better school attendance, better performance in intelligence tests, and higher income in adult life.
- Exclusive breastfeeding can also benefit moms, reducing the risks of breast and ovarian cancer, type II diabetes, and postpartum depression.
- Due to its hormonal effect breastfeeding is also associated with a natural (though not fail-safe) method of birth control known as the Lactation Amenorrhea Method, which gives 98 percent protection in the first six months after birth and can help space pregnancies.
- For infants born to HIV-infected mothers, antiretroviral drugs are now available to allow these children to exclusively breastfeed until they are 6 months old and continue breastfeeding until at least 12 months of age with a significantly reduced risk of HIV transmission.
At Bellefinery, we are on an all-out support to the Breastfeeding week. As a mother like the rest, we know the importance of knowing some facts about breastfeeding and how it can help the baby to reach its ultimate health through the milk we produce.
Bellefinery has a wide-range of nursing dress made by mother for mothers like you. As we support breastfeeding week today, we are giving 20% discount when you buy any of our nursing dress.
Just encode Breastfeed20 at the checkout and all items will be discounted by 20%. What a great deal isn’t it?
Visit our site at https://www.bellefinery.com to know more about our collection.
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