World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from 1 to 7 August to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world.
THE MAIN OBJECTIVE OF THIS YEAR’S #BFWEEK IS
INFORM people about the links between good nutrition, food security, poverty reduction and breastfeeding
Breastfeeding as the foundation of life
with individuals and organizations for greater impact
action to advance breastfeeding as a part of good nutrition, food security, and poverty reduction
Benefits of breastfeeding for the baby
It helps the baby fight against virus and bacteria.
Breast milk contains the antibodies which reduce the rates of asthma and allergies in newborns. Babies who are fed breast milk exclusively for their first 6 months are lesser prone to diarrhea, ear infections and respiratory illness.
As a result, babies who fed with breastmilk have a more strong immune system as compared to the ones who are not treated with the mother’s milk.
Lower the SIDS risk
Breastfeeding results in a fully developed and healthy baby. But the babies who are not properly fed can be premature. Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is very high In some cases.
Breastfeeding lowers your baby’s risk of SIDS by about half. In many cases, babies which are born small for their age had many chances of this syndrome.
Less risk of cancer
Breastfeeding can decrease your baby’s risk of some childhood cancers because mainly the reason behind the early childhood cancer can be certain changes in the DNA inside our cells which cause them to become cancer cells.
DNA is the chemical that makes up our genes, which control nearly everything our cells do.
Healthier Digestive system
Mother milk is the lightest, purest and healthiest thing a baby can have. For the first 6 months, the digestive system of the baby is not as strong as the cannot digest anything except milk.
It helps to Stronger the immunity system and hence it also helps in a healthy digestive system.
BENEFITS OF BREASTFEEDING IN MOTHERS
HELPS TO REDUCE WEIGHT
Breastfeeding after the delivery helps to reduce the weight which a mother has gained during the whole pregnancy duration of 9months.
As breast milk contains about 20calories per ounce. So feeding baby will automatically result in weight reduction.
Women who breastfeed have a lower risk of postmenopausal osteoporosis. Because, When a woman is pregnant and lactating, her body absorbs calcium much more efficiently.
So, while some bones, particularly those in the spine and maybe be a bit less dense at weaning, six months later, they are more dense than before pregnancy.
IMPROVES IMMUNE SYSTEM
Breastfeeding results in improved immune system. As while breastfeeding our immune system is much and more stronger and it helps to lower the risk of chronic diseases such as, Diabetes, Celiac diseases and Chronic diseases.