"Nurses encouraged me to breastfeed
my child to assist his bone development.
These include improvement of brain development, making babies ready to learn; babies who are breastfed have fewer ear infections, tummy bugs, chest infections and dental problems in childhood; they are also less likely to develop diabetes or be obese in later life Mothers who breastfeed
are more likely to return to their prepregnancy weight faster as breastfeeding burns around an extra 500 calories per day.
Others are providing safe spaces for expressing breastmilk and breastfeeding, different forms of employee services and benefits, providing breast pumps, allowing for flexible hours to breastfeed
, return-to-work options and maternity leave extension to up to six months.
About 68% mothers follow the WHO recommendation about EBF for the first six months while 97% prefer to breastfeed
on the demand by the child.
(3) In the prospective Nurses' Health Study, among parous women, each additional year of breastfeeding decreased the risk of type 2 diabetes by 15% compared with women who did not breastfeed
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Breastfeeding Report Card for 2018 found that about 83% of infants born in 2015 started to breastfeed
She says learning to breastfeed
effectively is a process that takes time.
Funding to help more mothers breastfeed
is being almost doubled with the Scottish Government announcing an extra PS2million investment.
While it is a total personal choice whether to breastfeed
or not, health practitioners and infant-nutrition experts highlight that breastfeeding within the first hour of birth is vital to a child's lifelong health as it has the perfect mix of vitamins, protein, antibiotics and fat necessary for a baby to grow healthy and to fight viruses and bacteria.
*Providing support to mothers to breastfeed
could cut the incidents of diarrhoea by half and respiratory infections by a third.
Mothers who breastfeed
have a reduced risk of ovarian and breast cancer, two leading causes of death among women.
Global Breastfeeding Collective is making efforts to enable more mothers to breastfeed
through enforcing the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes so that breast-milk substitute companies cannot mislead women, strengthening policy provisions that support family leave and encourage more working mothers to breastfeed
their babies at family place.
UNICEF along with WHO recommends all infants to be exclusively breastfed for 4 months and if possible 6 months, with continued breastfeed
up to two years of age or beyond with the addition of complementary foods from about 6 months of age.
want to breastfeed
and are trying to do so," according to the report.
She also said it was unfortunate that Caesarean babies are bottle-fed even though mothers can breastfeed