Women's Month: Mothers are encouraged to breastfeed regardless of HIV status

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In his Breastfeeding Awareness Month Proclamation, Governor Snyder stated that MI is committed to reducing infant mortality and increasing the health of mothers and babies. Gestro called breastfeeding a natural process of life, and a great binding process for mother and child. The bank has been supplying milk for babies in the city, both in the private and government hospitals, for ten months now.

It also discussed the reasons why children may refuse breastfeeding and ways of tackling them, and how to add complementary food while breastfeeding.

Studies show that breastfeeding not only has benefits for babies, but for moms as well.

"Also, proper weaning method should be adopted at the right time because we advise that all babies should be breastfed exclusively in the first six months of life and breast milk should be part of the baby's menu for at least two years". The celebration provides wonderful opportunity of refreshing knowledge or setting agenda for nursing mothers on breastfeeding for a whole week.

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Breastfeeding is providing optimal nutrition and reducing the risk of disease later.

Abuja - Dr Chris Isokpunwu, Head of Nutrition, Federal Ministry of Health, says exclusive breastfeeding saves lives, boosts economy and contributes to better health outcomes for women and children.

78 million babies - or every three in five babies - are not breastfed within the first hour of life.

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In a statement this week Laura Sayce, Lactation Consultant at Life Healthcare's Genesis Maternity Clinic, said research has demonstrated that mothers and other caregivers require active support for establishing and sustaining appropriate breastfeeding practices.

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Despite the high cultural acceptance for breastfeeding in Pakistan, the country has the highest bottle-feeding rate and lowest exclusive breastfeeding rate in South Asia.

World Health Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) confirm that breastfeeding contributes to reducing child mortality rates. Sustained breastfeeding support, education, and consistent, accurate information will help to meet these goals.

Britain's rates of breastfeeding are the lowest in the developed world, with just 1 percent of new mums only breastfeeding their children by the age of six months. Breastfeeding is important to child survival in all settings, but also to ensuring that children can thrive and reach their full cognitive and developmental potentials throughout their lives.

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