Why breastfeeding is being promoted?
Contrary to the belief, breastfeeding is still not adequately practiced as it should be. As per NFHS-4 (National Family Health Survey) it is only 54% (this is after breastfeeding has seen upward trend & it has nearly doubled since last decade).
1-7th August, every year is celebrated as World Breastfeeding Week.
In India, MAA (Mothers Absolute Affection) programme was launched in 2016 to create awareness about breastfeeding & its benefits.
Newborn must be breastfed within 1 hour after being born & it should be continued at least till the completion of 6 months (till this time even water or any other thing is needed to be fed to the child).
~ natural & cost-effective to fight malnutrition
~ free of contamination
~ it leads to psychological interaction between child & mother & hence leads to development of brain
~ breastfeeding within an hour can prevent 20% of the neonatal deaths.
~ breastfed children are at lower risk to getting affected by diarrhea /pneumonia (which are leading causes for death of under 5 infant).
~ breastfeeding has tremendous impact on improved IQ.
With Great Love,
Er. Amit Yadav