Every year, from 1 to 7 August, the World Breastfeeding Week is held. This public campaign, aimed at raising awareness among women about the importance of breast milk for children’s health is established and coordinated by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action. The World Breastfeeding Week is supported by UNESCO and the World Health Organization.
- Breastfeeding during the first six months of life is crucial for the health of the baby and mother.
- Breast milk contains natural antibiotics that protect children from infectious diseases such as gastritis, diarrhea and pneumonia.
- Breastfeeding protects the mother from breast and uterine cancer, diabetes and postpartum depression.
- In the long-term perspective, breastfeeding protects infants from obesity, diabetes and IQ.
- At the age of 6 months, gradually bring the child to a solid food.
World Breastfeeding Week:
- Encouraging parents to breastfeed.
- Raising awareness on the importance of breastfeeding and the damage caused by supplemental nutrition.
- Providing proven scientific materials on the importance of breastfeeding.
- Support for breastfeeding in the workplace.
Research results indicate that 595,379 childhood deaths in the age from 6 to 59 months from diarrhea and pneumonia are associated annually with the lack of breastfeeding. With the lack of breastfeeding, 974,956 cases of obesity in children are also associated every year worldwide.
Breastfeeding could prevent 98,243 female deaths from breast and ovarian cancer, and the economic effect of preventing these diseases by means of lactation would be $ 1 billion a year.
It’s known that breast milk is a perfectly balanced baby food for the first 6 months of life. In addition to the nutritional value for a baby, breast milk contains immunoglobulins of class G, which are extremely important for the formation of immunity in the newborn. And according to recent research, breast milk is also the source of stem cells. The unique progenitor cells, contained in breast milk are able to pass through the mucous membranes of the baby’s digestive tract and can serve as additional maternal support for the development of the infant.
Source https://www.moh.gov.sa/en/HealthAwareness/healthDay/2019/Pages/HealthDay-2019-08-01-07.aspx, https://academic.oup.com/heapol/advance-article/ doi/10.1093/heapol/czz050/5522499 and data from the Association of Cryobanks
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