This week is World breastfeeding week. Every year, the World marks, on Aug 1 – Aug 7, this important aspect of Childhood care. See below the pictures World Health Organisation tweeted for this year’s breastfeeding week!!!
The major issues working against exclusive breastfeeding are seen in the workplace and little or no government policy supporting breastfeeding.
Exclusive breastfeeding is a breastfeeding of an infant in the first 6 months of life. However, it is encouraged that the mother should continue breastfeeding till 2 years, but this would be complemented with other family food sources. This is called the Complementary Feeding.
Mothers should therefore be let to know that all that the baby requires for survival is contained in the breast milk. She must not be shy, if not the baby would suffer.
Supplementary feeding involves the addition of additional food or diet to the regular food diet to enhance their nutritional status.
Note that feeding bottles are not encouraged any longer, except where otherwise indicated.
For further information about more on proper breastfeeding techniques, contact your local doctor.