The question of exclusive breastfeeding as the best way to provide infants with the nutrients they need has been a subject of several studies. "The ministry has also launched an exclusive programme on breastfeeding called "Mother's Absolute Affection" (MAA) that for the first time has made an allocation of Rs 4.5 lakh per district to promote breastfeeding". There are also a number of unfortunate myths that deter women from breastfeeding.
Jaideep Malhotra, the president of the Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI), said a more holistic report was needed and there was a need to spread awareness about the importance of breast milk. This rate varies across the geopolitical zones with the lowest rate in the North West at 10% and highest rate in the South West at 39%.
Top on the findings of factors that cause this is that women in the workplace often did not have enough maternal protection from their employers. This brings to the fore the question of maternity leave: Should maternity leave be six months on national scale? Globally, the breastfeeding rate now stands at 40%.
While the infant formula industry is a US$45 billion global business, with the means to run slick publicity campaigns targeting parents and health professionals, breastfeeding advocates rely mainly on well-documented evidence to get their messages across.
Lagos State has already implemented this and others can take a cue from the Lagos example. But health care facilities should make this as the priority and try and achieve this with every mother. Due to insufficiency in donors milk, the milk has been mostly restricted to NICU (Newborn Intensive Care Specialists) babies compared to term babies. It has purgative properties that help to clear the meconium (the greenish stool passed by babies). "It's been shown that feeding formula too early puts babies at risk of developing allergies". World Health Organization and UNICEF have created a Network for Global Monitoring and Support for Implementation of the International Code (NetCode) with the goal of strengthening capacity for Code monitoring, adherence and implementation.
In drafting its new "Enduring National Breastfeeding Strategy", Australia has an opportunity to ensure that we "protect, promote and support" breastfeeding in tangible and meaningful ways. Fariha Matloob, a breastfeeding counselor is quoted.
City Health is launching the breastfeeding initiative in all clinics and Community Day Centres and will host an inaugural event at the Langa clinic on August 17.
Ms Opendi said exclusive breastfeeding right from the first hour protects children from malnutrition and other early childhood diseases. It is important that mothers are provided with the information to see to it that their child has a good start in life.