Opelousas General Health System Celebrates World Breastfeeding Week & National Breastfeeding Month

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The World Breastfeeding Week is from 1 to 7 August. "A mother might face problems like, pain while feeding, change in the nipple colour, cracked, sore nipple, Mastitis, Vasospasm, Plug Ducts, tongue or lip tie or cleft palates are some of the significant problems faced by mothers while feeding", Varsha Satyan, counsellor, Lactation Consultant, Member of Medela India LC Club says.

Dr Nagarathna D.S., Obstetrician & Gynaecologist at Apollo Cradle, Koramangala, said, "Breast milk provides the ideal source of nutrition for new born babies".

Breast milk contributes to sensory and cognitive development of the infant and reduces obesity and noncommunicable diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and some cancers.

"For infants to survive, grow and develop as they should, they need to be exclusively breastfed".

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"The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months; after that, complementary feeding is to be introduced". Gestro called breastfeeding a natural process of life, and a great binding process for mother and child. Breastfeeding should however continue till at least one year of age. It also offers a quiet relaxed time for mother and baby to bond.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), only 40% of infants under six months are exclusively breastfed globally.

"Breastmilk can be refrigerated for up to eight hours and frozen for up to six months in good condition for mothers who will be away from home".

Speakers at a post-rally discussion in Rajshahi on Thursday mentioned that sufficient breastfeeding is of paramount importance for physical and mental development of babies. The activity highlighted the most common reason for a breastfed baby not gaining weight and explained to participating mothers and medical staff how to deal with this issue.

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A Professor of Child Health and Consultant Neonatologist, University of Benin/University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UNIBEN/UBTH), Charles Eregie, has once more asserted that there are no substitutes to breast milk.

The course focusses on communication skills with new mothers and educating them about the numerous benefits of breastfeeding, which are instrumental in building a strong relationship between mother and child. During the same period, the rates of early initiation of breastfeeding decreased from 40 per cent to 27 per cent.

Breastfeeding has also been identified as a high-impact intervention to achieve the Global Strategy for Women's, Children's and Adolescents' Health (2016-2030), which was launched alongside the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a roadmap for ending preventable deaths in a generation. The bank has been supplying milk for babies in the city, both in the private and government hospitals, for ten months now.

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