Only 40% of mothers breastfeed their babies, says expert

One of Otter Tail County’s Breastfeeding Rooms at the Government Services Building in Fergus Falls. Courtesy

"The room will be a place of comfort for nursing mothers where they can breastfeed her babies in privacy", said Mukunda Gautam, senior public health administrator at the DoHS Nutrition Department, .

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding from within one hour after birth until the baby is six months old.

This year's theme is "Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life". The overall rate of exclusive breastfeeding for infants under six months is 40pc; only 23 countries have achieved at least 60pc exclusive breastfeeding for infants below six months, the report said.

World Health Organization said breastfeeding rates within the first hour after birth are highest in Eastern and Southern Africa at 65 percent and lowest in East Asia and the Pacific at 32 percent. "In many countries, it can even be a matter of life or death".

Mothers who breastfeed lower their risk of pre and post-menopausal breast cancer.

This new report called "Capture the Moment" shows that unlike recommended breastfeeding initiation is delayed in many babies.

Breastfeeding also promotes overall health, growth and development of infants and reduces the risk of developing asthma, obesity, diabetes and other diseases in childhood and adulthood.

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She attributes this to the increasing number of working women, who do not find it convenient to breastfeed their child. The report noted that in 2017, 78 million babies were not breast fed within the first hour after birth.

The WHO report released on Tuesday comes after the USA was embroiled in a breatfeeding issue at the World Health Assembly and President Donald Trump had to tweet that we wasn't favoring the infant-formula industry versus breastfeeding.

While snuggled close to the breast, your baby can quickly recognise your heartbeat. On the other hand, in eastern Asian nations and the Pacific, only one third (32 percent) babies are put to the breast within an hour after birth.

The WHO and UNICEF in April this year issued a 10-step guidance to increase support for breastfeeding in health facilities that provide maternity and newborn services, saying breastfeeding all babies for the first two years will save the lives of more than 820,000 children under age five, globally, annually. Babies who are born from caesarean section are also less likely to be breastfed within an hour of birth say the authors of the report.

"Breast milk contains antibodies that prevent viral infections in the baby".

Nasim said that the government would not allow illegal imports and marketing of breast milk substitutes. "The appropriate care of both new born and mother in the moments after birth is critical to ensuring that breastfeeding not only begins but continues successfully".

"We must urgently scale up support to mothers - be it from family members, healthcare workers, employers and governments, so they can give their children the start they deserve", he said.


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