Chloe Learey: Celebrating Breastfeeding Awareness Month

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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. And these two are the leading causes of death in children under five years of age. Breastfeeding within an hour of birth prevents 20 per cent of newborn deaths.

The observation came at a view-sharing meeting in conference hall of civil surgeon office.

2015-16, 54.2%, children younger than six months are breastfed exclusively, which was 58.6% in 2005-06.

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

It prepared educational materials to demonstrate the various health benefits of breastfeeding in the short and long term for both mother and infant and distributed these materials in various health institutions. August 3 thru August 5, nursing mothers, from all over the world, will attempt to break last year's world record of 17,092 latches. "Importantly, each of those children would be given the strongest foundation for lifelong health and optimal nutrition, and the best chance possible of achieving the highest attainable standard of health".

When babies consume breast milk, they are less likely to develop respiratory illnesses, diabetes, and other diseases.

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According to a research by World Health Organization and UNICEF, breastfeeding babies for the first two years would annually save the lives of more than 8,20,000 children under five years of age.

Hiwet Darsenie, Nutrition Expert in Women and Children Health Directorate with the Ministry, for her part said that the Ministry is celebrating the breastfeeding week to raise awareness among the people, and inform the significance of breastfeeding, and engage mothers to feed nutrition for childrens.

It also contributes to enhancing maternal health and reducing the risk of ovarian cancer or breast cancer. Other challenges can arise around a woman's milk supply or an infant's ability to latch on to the breast.

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This year's World Breastfeeding Week should help us to recommit to doing more to help every child, everywhere, realize the lifesaving benefits of breastfeeding, no matter where they live. Scientific evidence supports the importance of breastfeeding practices that reduce child mortality and morbidity, malnutrition, and non-communicable diseases. This can happen if the woman loses the feeling of fullness in her breasts or if milk stops leaking from the nipple.

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