Chloe Learey: Celebrating Breastfeeding Awareness Month

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After six months, breastfeeding should be continued along with other nourishing foods for the baby. In many countries, it can even be a matter of life or death. The bank has been supplying milk for babies in the city, both in the private and government hospitals, for ten months now.

Breastfeeding is one of the most essential and natural forms of bonding between a mother and a child and also a vital source of nutrition and immunity for the latter, but health experts lament it is not given its due importance due to lack of awareness and various misconceptions. Breast milk is made of fats, sugars, carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, minerals and enzymes and is created to promote brain and body growth.

Sayce said for a successful breastfeeding journey every new mom needs a plan which should include what to do in the first hours following birth, and who they can contact for support.

Breastfeeding is beneficial for mothers as well since it helps them to lose weight faster. "Importantly, each of those children would be given the strongest foundation for lifelong health and optimal nutrition, and the best chance possible of achieving the highest attainable standard of health". Thus, here are a few exclusive breast feeding tips to do it right.

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It has set a national target of 15% in exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life.

Despite the high cultural acceptance for breastfeeding in Pakistan, the country has the highest bottle-feeding rate and lowest exclusive breastfeeding rate in South Asia.

· If you are a working mother and returning to work, you can also exclusively breastfeed by pumping breast milk during the day, storing it in a clean container and asking the care giver to feed the baby in a palada. This milk is thick and yellow, rich in antibodies and vitamin A which protect the baby against allergy and infection. Sustained breastfeeding support, education, and consistent, accurate information will help to meet these goals.

In celebration and recognition of National Breastfeeding Month and World Breastfeeding Week, Opelousas General Health System is offering a free Community Baby Shower for all new & expectant parents and grandparents, as well as business owners, church and community organization leaders on Thursday, August 9th from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.in the 3rd floor OGHS Auditorium. Breastfeeding prevents malnutrition and has also irreplaceable role to decrease child mortality, Dr. Belaynesh said.

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