BEIRUT: World Breastfeeding Week was successfully wrapped up on Tuesday in more than 120 countries, where millions of women staged initiatives and public feeding protests.
The week was kicked with the issue of an influential World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) joint report, issued on August 1.
The report “Capture the Moment” explains that newborns who are breastfed within the first hour of their lives have fewer chest contaminations and other medical issues during their childhood or young years, and are less inclined to die before the age of five. They are also less likely to develop diabetes or end up in an obese adulthood.
“When it comes to the start of breastfeeding, timing is everything. In many countries, it can even be a matter of life or death,” says Henrietta H. Fore, UNICEF Executive Director.
The report also warns that even postponement of few hours to initiate breastfeeding could posture dangerous results.
On a worldwide scale, three out of five, or 78 million infants, are not breastfed immediately after being born, according to the report.
The Unicef Executive Director said that every year a large number of babies miss out on the advantages that early breastfeeding can give, and the reason why this misfortune is spreading is because mothers are not getting enough help in the essential minutes after birth, even from medicinal staff.
“Capture the Moment” which breaks down information from 76 nations, also exhibits that in spite of the significance of early breastfeeding, excessively numerous babies are left sitting tight to ache for various reasons, including providing the newborns food, the rise in elective C-sections, and gaps in the quality of care provided to mothers and newborns.
The report urges governments, benefactors, and other leaders to receive solid legal measures to confine the marketing of the baby formula and other breast milk substitutes.
Women gathered around the world, ranging from more than 1,500 Filipina mothers who publically nursed their children in a Manila sports stadium as part of a mass-breastfeeding event, to hundreds of breastfeeding moms who went public in Philly for the global campaign and nursing women gathered in Times Square; women feed on park benches, in restaurants and on beaches at locales around the world..
In countries like Columbia, Peru, France, South Africa, New Zealand and the UK, women gathered to breastfeed in public. The list goes on.
The US Air Force issued more liberal guidelines for nursing mothers in the service as part of the week..
Now in its 27th year, World Breastfeeding Week was first celebrated in 1992 by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action and is now observed in over 120 countries by UNICEF, WHO and their partners including individuals, organizations, and governments.
“Breastfeeding gives children the best possible start in life,” noted Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “We must urgently scale up support to mothers – be it from family members, health care workers, employers and governments, so they can give their children the start they deserve.”
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