Last Date
28 08 2017 00:00



World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from 1 to 7 August all over the globe to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world.


The theme for 2017 World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) has been announced: Sustaining Breastfeeding Together. ILCA is partnering with organizations around the globe - including United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), World Health Organization (WHO).International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN), La Leche League International (LLLI), The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM), Wellstart International, the Global Goals, and the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) - to promote the role that breastfeeding plays in valuing our wellbeing.In 2016, WABA began the 15-year journey to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by linking each of these goals to breastfeeding. But, we cannot achieve sustainable development without multi-level partnerships at all levels.




Access to prenatal care, socioeconomic status, cultural influence, and postpartum breastfeeding support all influence the differing rates of breastfeeding in different ethnic groups. In the United States, black women are more likely than white women to report that they "prefer bottle-feeding" to breastfeeding, and they are also more likely to be low-income and unmarried and to have lower levels of education. The decision to bottle-feed rather than breastfeed is of similar importance to low birth weight in predicting infant mortality, particularly in regards to the black-white infant mortality gap.

Thus, breastfeeding promotion initiatives focused on black women should emphasize education and encourage black women to prefer breastfeeding to bottle-feeding. Low- income mothers are specifically at risk for under nutrition and high mortality rates amongst their infants because they replace breast milk with formula.

They do so because they lack a supportive environment, embarrassment of nursing, or the need to return to school or work. About 16.5% of low-income mothers breastfed for the recommended time. Studies suggest that scarce financial and social resources are consistent with the high mortality rates amongst the infants of low-income mothers.


Ten Steps To Successful Breastfeeding:

Every facility providing maternity services and care for newborn infants should:

  1. Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health care staff.
  2. Train all health care staff in skills necessary to implement this policy.
  3. Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding.
  4. Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within half an hour of birth.
  5. Show mothers how to breastfeed, and how to maintain lactation even if they should be separated from their infants.
  6. Give newborn infants no food or drink other than breast milk, unless medically indicated.
  7. Practice rooming-in - that is, allow mothers and infants to remain together - 24 hours a day.
  8. Encourage breastfeeding on demand.
  9. Give no artificial teats or pacifiers (also called dummies or soothers) to breastfeeding infants.
  10. Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge from the hospital or clinic.



Benefits of breast feeding babies:-

  1. Get sick less and have a lower risk of allergies.
  2. Have a lower risk of obesity and Types 1 and 2 diabetes.
  3. Have a lower incidence of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
  4. Have a reduced risk for ear infections (otitis media) and gastroenteritis.
  5. Are on a path to optimal brain development.
  6. Get nutrients that help strengthen and develop their immature immune system in a way no other substance can.
  7. Respond better to immunizations against Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Haemophilus influenza (bacterium that can cause a severe infection).
  8. Have optimal oral development because of their jaw.
  9. movements and nutrients in breastmilk decrease the risk of tooth decay.
  10. Are protected against respiratory infections including those caused by rotaviruses.
  11. Are less likely to be hospitalized with pneumonia or bronchiolitis, and have a decreased risk of lower respiratory tract infections.



According to the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), breastfeeding has benefits for health and wellbeing of mothers and their babies, as well as reduces poverty, inequalities and improves the sustainability of cities and communities.  

Giving nothing but breast milk is recommended for about the first six months (26 weeks) of a baby's life. New mums requiring support with breastfeeding should speak to their midwife or health visitor.


                                     Thank you………….



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  • from 21 08 2017 00:00 to 31 08 2017 00:00

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