WORLD BREASTFEEDING WEEK 2018: FOUNDATION OF LIFE.
BREAST: “Either one of the two soft parts on a woman’s chest that produce milk when she has a baby.
The front part of a person’s body between the neck and the stomach”.
The chest thought of as the place where emotions are felt”. (Merriam- Webster Dictionary)
BREASTFEEDING: The method of feeding a baby with milk directly from the mother’s breast.
World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) in conjunction with the World Health Organization(WHO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and other agencies have set aside the 1st – 7th August 2018 as the INTERNATIONAL BREASTFEEDING WEEK. The week serves as an opportunity to further encourage nursing mothers and intending mothers on the need for exclusive breastfeeding for at least 6 months and continued breastfeeding with appropriate complementary foods till two years of age and beyond.
The theme for this year’s INTERNATIONAL BREASTFEEDING WEEK is BREASTFEEDING: Foundation of Life. The theme and the logo(a triad of depicting two adults and an infant) further buttress the importance of everyone working together to promote, support and encourage breastfeeding.
Aside the nutritional benefits of exclusive breastfeeding, it further draws a child to the mother emotionally. “In a world filled with inequality, crises and poverty, breastfeeding is the foundation of lifelong good health”. With the support of family members, a functional healthcare system, access to accurate information, every woman is capable of exclusively breastfeeding her child.
The World Health Organization(WHO) advises that breastfeeding of newborns should commence within the first hour of birth and also recommends Colostrum – the yellowish sticky breast milk produced at the end of pregnancy as the best food for the newborns. Everyone has a role to play in the development of children, first in our vicinity and around the world.
As we mark #WBW2018, men are encouraged not to only view the breasts of their partners as a sexual organ serving only to increase immense pleasure during sexual activities, but to also encourage the goal of exclusive breastfeeding for newborns. If the breasts can further bond two adults, it can save the life of a child.
While it is the decision of the mother to embark on exclusive breastfeeding (with encouragement, support from others around her and advise of healthcare givers), breastfeeding also benefits the mother by the stimulating release of Oxytocin resulting in involution of the uterus following pregnancy, this is aside being a very satisfying experience for both the mother and baby.
As the world celebrates World Breastfeeding Day 2018, it behooves us to encourage women around us capable of breastfeeding to do so. The onus is on all to strengthen the Foundation of Life and ensure healthy life for mothers and babies.
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