Mothers Stage Nurse-In Events Nationwide to Support WHO Breastfeeding Resolution

Benefits of breastfeeding for baby health

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On Sunday, August 5 at 11 the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services office at 44 S. Clinton Ave., Trenton, NJ there will be a nurse-in protest in response to the recent U.S. opposition to the U.N. World Health Organization breastfeeding resolution. Other challenges can arise around a woman's milk supply or an infant's ability to latch on to the breast. Those who began breast feeding between 2 and 23 hours after birth had a 33% greater risk of neonatal death compared with those who began breastfeeding within one hour of birth. Even a delay of a few hours after birth could pose life-threatening consequences.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), breast milk is the preferred and most appropriate source of nutrition for infants, adapting over time to meet the changing needs of the growing baby.

In the eastern Mediterranean region, the practice of breastfeeding in the first hour of life, exclusive breastfeeding for six months, and continued breastfeeding for two years is low, which impacts child growth and survival and is associated with high rates of stunting, wasting, overweight and death in children under five. As the Health Commissioner, as I visit newborn wards, I often ask the mother if she has breastfed the baby.

It also discussed the reasons why children may refuse breastfeeding and ways of tackling them, and how to add complementary food while breastfeeding. "Breastfeeding is also one of the most cost-effective interventions for preventing obesity, communicable and non-communicable diseases", said Dr Ahmed Almandhari, WHO regional director for the eastern Mediterranean region.

This report comes at the time the government of Uganda is asking employers to establish breastfeeding centres at workplaces where breastfeeding mothers can easily use for breastfeeding.

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A study conducted by the World Vision in Butaleja district in Uganda on breastfeeding women in Butaleja District in 2016 indicated that there was limited knowledge on dietary needs by mothers when breastfeeding. These include feeding newborns food or drinks.

The report reveals that breastfeeding rates within the first hour after birth are highest in Eastern and Southern Africa (65%) and lowest in East Asia and the Pacific (32%). The Gift designation gives Opelousas General Health System a better opportunity to achieve further certifications and accreditations, as well as meet national and global quality measures and standards of care.

While India has shown improvement by almost doubling early initiation within a decade, from 23.4% in 2005 to 41.5% in 2015, it still ranks 56th in the tally of 76 countries analysed for breastfeeding access by the two United Nations agencies.

Marking a threefold rise in access to breastmilk as per the latest data by the National Family Health Survey 4 (NFHS), a 17 per cent increase has been recorded in the past decade in breastfeeding rates in Haryana. In many cases, babies are separated from their mothers immediately after birth and guidance from health workers is limited.

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