World Breastfeeding Week: With the growing awareness for breastfeeding as an important aspect of every infant’s and a mother’s life, the World Breastfeeding week is already round the corner. World Breastfeeding week will be celebrated this year from 1st August, 2021 to 7th August, 2021.
The theme for this year has been decided by the WHO and UNICEF which is “Support breastfeeding for a healthier planet”. These organizations are now calling out on governments to protect and promote women across the world and give them breastfeeding counseling which is a critical component of breastfeeding support.
The organization focuses on providing skilled counseling for breastfeeding to women and help them receive the support with the right amount of advice and information.
These are the Guidelines set by WHO for 2021.
INVEST: The government should ensure that skilled breastfeeding is available to every woman.
TRAIN: Healthcare workers should be trained to deliver the skilled breastfeeding to every woman.
ENSURE: There should be easy availability and accessibility for skilled breastfeeding counseling.
PARTNER: There should be ample amount of partnerships and collaboration done with the civil society and health professional associations for providing appropriate counseling to women.
PROTECT: The healthcare workers should be protected from the easy influence of baby food industry.
WHAT IS BREASTFEEDING?
Breastfeeding is a way of feeding the new born babies with the mother’s ‘first milk’ which is known as colostrum, which has all the nutritive properties that helps an infant to fight with all viruses and bacteria’s at the very starting of his or her life.
It’s a natural phenomenon where the mother produces milk from her breast to feed her baby, the milk is prepared while she is at her pregnancy with the help of the hormones.
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WHY IS BREASTFEEDING IMPORTANT FOR THE BABY?
Breastfeeding reduces many severe illness chances for the baby, some of which are
- Obesity at a later part of the baby’s life.
- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
- Coughs and colds
- Vomiting, diarrhea and constipation
- Ear infections
- Childhood cancers
- Celiac disease
- Heart and liver disease during the adulthood of the baby.
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WHY IS BREASTFEEDING IMPORTANT FOR THE MOTHER?
There are various reasons for why breastfeeding is also equally helpful to the mothers as it is to the baby.
Some of the reasons are:
- Helps as a healing process after the baby’s birth
- Return more quickly to the pre-pregnancy weight
- Stronger bones later in life
- It helps the mother build a emotional bond with the baby.
- Women who breastfeed their babies, are always at a lower risk of developing diseases like diabetes, osteoporosis , breast/ovarian/endometrial cancers
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THE ABCs OF BREASTFEEDING
A – Awareness: The mother should be aware of when her child is hungry and should always look out for some signs to know the same.
B – Be Patient: The mother shouldn’t hurry the infant through feedings. The child should be fed in a proper position with utmost care and love and hence there should be no hurriedness.
C – Comfort: The top most priority for a mother while feeding her baby should be the comfort, love and care that her baby gets. Relax, get yourself a pillow to support your arm, neck or leg so that you are in a comfortable position and thus the baby eats well.
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World Breastfeeding Week is Celebrated Every Year from 1 to 7 August.
Each year WABA operates under a certain theme in order to facilitate their goals. This year, WABA will be working to show and prove that how infant breastfeeding directly affects the environment and is thus responsible for climatic changes and the health of people living in this planet.
The idea also concerns with the notion of Sustainable Development and in order to achieve its goals, WABA has come up with ‘warm chain’ approach to inspire women all over the globe to work together and for the development and good work of protecting the environment.
WABA talks about how “Breastfeeding is a prime example of the deep connections between human health and nature’s ecosystem.”
As we all know the breast milk is a natural, and renewable source of nourishment for children that does not has any bad harmful effect on the environment and is totally a green waste and has no contribution in the pollution.
WE WISH EVERY MOTHER AND HER CHILD A VERY HAPPY BREASTFEEDING WEEK.
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