World Breastfeeding Week 2015

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World Breastfeeding Week 2015

World Breastfeeding week takes place annually from 1 August – 7 August and is celebrated by breastfeeding mothers and health professionals all over the world!

According to the WHO (World Health Organization), 13% of the 10.6 million deaths of children under 5 years can be averted if mothers choose to breastfeed. Furthermore, if mothers exclusively breastfeed for the first 6 months they are 25 times less likely to suffer from acute infections such as diarrhea, pneumonia, ear infections, meningitis and urinary tract infection.

Breastfeeding allows mothers to provide the BEST source of nutrition for their baby. Breast milk contains the right mix of macro and micro nutrients and unlike formula contains human antibodies which protect them from the above  mentioned infections.

 

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WHY should you advocate for breastfeeding?  

 

No matter how old or young you are, knowing the benefits of breastfeeding is important as YOU can make a difference by imparting your knowledge. Although it is ALWAYS a mother’s choice on how she chooses to feed her child, it is important that they have all the information in order to make an informed choice.

 

Benefits of breastfeeding
Benefits of breastfeeding for mother

Reduces bleeding after birth

Reduces risk of breast & ovarian cancers

Reduces risk of rheumatoid arthritis

Reduces risk of osteoporosis

Child spacing

Saves time

Weight control

Economical

Bonding

Psychological benefits

 

Benefits of breastfeeding to infant

Complete nutrition for the first 6 months

Protects the baby against illness/ infection

May reduce risk of allergies

May reduces risk of diabetes mellitus & cancer

May decreases risk of  severe jaundice

Provides essential fats are provided which have been shown to be NB for brain development and cognition

Analgesic effect

Health benefits later in life (self-regulation of appetite)

May result in higher IQ scores

 

 

This year’s theme for breastfeeding week is  Breastfeeding and Work Let’s Make it Work! Keep posted to this blog as I will sharing some tips for those mom’s who would like to continue to breastfeed their child but are worried about going back to work..

REMEMBER: Love Food. Eat Smart.   Start life right, breastfeed. Love Life.

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