"It depends upon the comfort of the mother and the child, for the duration of breastfeeding could range from one year to three years", said Tomar.
Ms Opendi said exclusive breastfeeding right from the first hour protects children from malnutrition and other early childhood diseases. Bangladesh, with a population of 16 crores allocated 13 million dollars for a 5 year plan on infant and young child feeding recently. With the uncomfortable pain of engorged breasts and having to deliver work like everyone else, working breastfeeding moms sometimes have to pump milk at the washrooms which as we know is the hub of all germs and bacteria, unsafe for both the mother and the baby.
She said putting a baby to the breast in the first hour of life was a major safeguard against infant's death, adding that exclusive breast-feeding for the first six months, help them to grow, prevents under nutrition, promotes brain development while reducing the risk of overweight. Only 42 percent of total babies in the world receive breast milk in the first hour of birth. This will give baby's immunity more time to develop, as the milk passes along tiny pieces of protein that help train the infant's immune system to develop tolerance, as well as mom's protective immune cells. Breastfeeding also reduces ill health in children, improves their educational potential and probably their earnings as adults.
Breastfeeding also has a positive effect on the mother.
He stated that the first one thousand days of life- "period of pregnancy and next two years of life", were important for the formation and future trajectory in the growth and development of the child. As such breast cancer does not pose any risk for the baby who is being fed.
If on chemotherapy, the woman should discuss options of breast feeding with her treating doctor or nurse. A lot of them require breast milk for various biological reasons.
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First celebrated in 1992 by World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), World Breastfeeding Week is now observed in over 120 countries by UNICEF, WHO and their partners to spread awareness about benefits of breastmilk and exclusive breastfeeding as well as factors that could promote or hinder exclusive breastfeeding by nursing mothers and recommendations of the way forward. But while undergoing treatment, a woman on radiation therapy should avoid breast feeding for that period. Globally, the breastfeeding rate now stands at 40%.
Mothers who may experience challenges with breastfeeding such as, engorgement, nipple pain/trauma or when the baby won't latch to the breast are encouraged to visit their nearest clinic for assistance.
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