August Is Breastfeeding Awareness Month

Are you feeding breast milk to your infant

It also discussed the reasons why children may refuse breastfeeding and ways of tackling them, and how to add complementary food while breastfeeding.

Starting within one hour of birth, a child can be breastfed until the age of 2 years.

The 2018 health report on breastfeeding notes that newborns who breastfeed in the first hour of life are significantly more likely to survive than those who are not breastfed in the first hour of birth.

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It is recommended that babies are fed breast milk for the first six months of life, because studies find that babies do better physically.

The observation came at a view-sharing meeting in conference hall of civil surgeon office.

It has set a national target of 15% in exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. Skin-to-skin contact along with suckling at the breast stimulate the mother's production of breastmilk, including colostrum, also called the baby's "first vaccine", which is extremely rich in nutrients and antibodies.

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"It can protect children against infection and promote healthy development and achievement later in life and it also has positive health benefits for mothers in the immediate post-natal period and longer term". August 3 thru August 5, nursing mothers, from all over the world, will attempt to break last year's world record of 17,092 latches.

The stimulation of the breast during breastfeeding he put forward, led to the release of oestrogen, which helped at preventing breast and ovarian cancers and even prevent osteoporosis which disintegrates the female skeletal frame. According to UNICEF's child development and nutrition officer (Bihar) Shivani Dar, breastfeeding after the first hour of birth is important as it boosts immunity, improves mental and physical health and helps build lean body mass.

World Health Organization recommends that infants start receiving complementary foods at 6 months of age in addition to breast milk, initially 2-3 times a day between 6 and 8 months, increasing to 3-4 times daily between 9 and 11 months and 12-24 months with additional nutritious snacks offered 1-2 times per day, as desired.

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Mothers who may experience challenges with breastfeeding such as engorgement, nipple pain/trauma or when the baby won't latch to the breast are encouraged to visit their nearest clinic for assistance. The findings from WHO and partners estimate that global economic losses from lower cognition associated with not breastfeeding reached more than US$ 300 billion in 2012, equivalent to 0.49 per cent of the world's gross national income. Scientific evidence supports the importance of breastfeeding practices that reduce child mortality and morbidity, malnutrition, and non-communicable diseases.

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