Monday, 24 September, 2018


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

The survey also revealed that not even 50% of the children under three years of age in the city are breastfed within an hour of their birth Opelousas General Health System Celebrates World Breastfeeding Week & National Breastfeeding Month
Patty Aguilar | 07 August, 2018, 05:26

According to the World Health Organisation, mothers are supposed to exclusively breastfeed their children for six months before enrolling them on other foods.

Aside children, Prof. Eregie said mothers also benefit from the process, as suckling a baby just an hour after birth kick starts the stimulation of hormones (Oxytocin) for the quick contraction of uterus which prevents "post partum hemorrhage" (bleeding) and "involution" (return of uterus to normal size after birth). But what are the critical things we need to do, to ensure as many babies as possible get the healthiest start in life? Mothers can carry the pump and storage bag to their work place and pump there to keep up their milk supply. These mini-sessions will cover topics that include breastfeeding, labor comfort measures, infant care and safety, and a brand new class for grandmothers-to-be called Nana's Time. Exclusive breastfeeding is universally recognized as the most cost effective, high impact preventive intervention that promotes the health of mothers and babies while reducing health care costs for government and families.

Breastfeeding is recommended for the first six months of life after birth and should not be replaced by formula milk, juice or water.

"Breastfeeding children within an hour of their birth allows them access to colostrum, the first of breast milk that is rich in antibodies".

A nursing mother, Mrs. Onoshaze Omorunyi while enumerating on the benefits also talked about challenges of breastfeeding. Breast milk continues to provide essential nutrients for childhood development up to two years.

Australia's new breastfeeding strategy covers all these points, and more.

Masina further stated that mothers may have observed that health practitioners at clinics encourage the natural breastfeeding as opposed to bottle feeding as they may harbour infections on the artificial tit.

It has set a national target of 15% in exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life.

"In 1990, no woman knew about exclusive breastfeeding".

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.

Last Wednesday, the Ministry launched the 2018 World Breastfeeding Week, with the theme: "Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life", aimed at linking nutrition security with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Second Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP-II).

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