Women's Month: Mothers are encouraged to breastfeed regardless of HIV status

Well-nourished generations

The Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce recently named her Entrepreneur of the Year. Babies who are breastfed have a lower risk of developing certain health conditions, such as type 1 & 2 diabetes, obesity and asthma.

"As per World Health Organization, if every child is breastfed within an hour of birth, given only breast milk for their first six months of life, and continued breastfeeding with other food up to the age of two years, about 220,000 child lives would be saved every year". Women who find themselves in this situation need support and affirmation as well.

Dr Nagarathna D.S., Obstetrician & Gynaecologist at Apollo Cradle, Koramangala, said, "Breast milk provides the ideal source of nutrition for new born babies". Love News spoke with Dr. Jorge Polanco, INCAP, Country Coordinator, who said that relevant information is being shared with healthcare providers to pass on to mothers about the benefits of breastfeeding.

The report which analyzes data from 76 countries reveals that despite the importance of early initiation of breastfeeding, too many newborns are left waiting too long for different reasons, like feeding newborns food or drinks, including formula, the rise in elective C-sections and gaps in the quality of care provided to mothers and newborns.

Conversely, there are challenges to breastfeeding.

RSVP is not required to attend the Community Baby Shower, however, if you would like to register for the next series of Pre-natal classes in October or December, please visit http://www.opelousasgeneral.com, our Facebook page or contact Darlene Fontenot at 948-5103. It is not just needed for proper development of the body but also provides protection against various health diseases. Mothers can carry the pump and storage bag to their work place and pump there to keep up their milk supply. Lactation consultants such as those certified through the International Board of Certified Lactation Consultants are an incredible resource for supporting women and babies who are struggling with these types of issues.

Regulating an industry that makes profits on the back of women choosing not to breastfeed is a good start.

A nursing mother, Mrs. Onoshaze Omorunyi while enumerating on the benefits also talked about challenges of breastfeeding.

Dr Hessa Khalfan Al Ghazal, Executive Director of the SBFO, said, "Our main message with the Sharjah Baby-Friendly Project is to promote breastfeeding and encourage pregnant women and mothers to commit to it, due to its proven benefits".

Promoting, supporting and protecting breastfeeding is one way we can help give our children a strong foundation for optimal development.

Juana explained that working moms don't have the support they need when they return to work.

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