August Is Breastfeeding Awareness Month

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It is the ideal food for the healthy growth and development of infants and no formula food can substitute it.

Starting within one hour of birth, a child can be breastfed until the age of 2 years.

The SBFO started its celebration of World Breastfeeding Week with a 20-hour training course on breastfeeding that was held on Wednesday in partnership with Khorfakkan Hospital.


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

Sincerely, this is very desirable as it will support the mother practise exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of the baby's life.

Breastfeeding is one of the most essential and natural forms of bonding between a mother and a child and also a vital source of nutrition and immunity for the latter, but health experts lament it is not given its due importance due to lack of awareness and various misconceptions. Breastfeeding allows children to fight ear infections, pneumonia, stomach viruses and diarrhea, lymphoma, leukemia, Crohn's disease, asthma, eczema, diabetes, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). The World Breastfeeding Week is from 1 to 7 August.


Now in Ethiopia, only 58 percent of mothers are aware of the significance of breastfeeding for children till six months without any additional food and water, she stated.

The stimulation of the breast during breastfeeding he put forward, led to the release of oestrogen, which helped at preventing breast and ovarian cancers and even prevent osteoporosis which disintegrates the female skeletal frame. Breastfeeding also reduces ill health in children, improves their educational potential and probably their earnings as adults.

Only about 5% of women are unable to produce enough milk with the right help, and toddlers certainly don't need commercial toddler milk.
Breastfeeding is also a proven primary prevention strategy, protecting both infants and mothers from a host of chronic and acute diseases and conditions and building a foundation for life-long health and wellness.


RSVP is not required to attend the Community Baby Shower, however, if you would like to register for the next series of Pre-natal classes in October or December, please visit http://www.opelousasgeneral.com, our Facebook page or contact Darlene Fontenot at 948-5103. To boost exclusive breastfeeding, the Global Breastfeeding Advocacy Initiative, led by UNICEF and World Health Organization in collaboration with worldwide partners, are providing leadership to improve breastfeeding rates.

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