"'Breastfeeding is a human right", says health department

Health professionals, mothers, learning many benefits of breastfeeding

Nursing your baby has significant health benefits

The latest edition found that the proportion had increased to 32% by 2016. As we are launching this day today, let us all reflect on good ways of feeding our babies which is breastfeeding.

"We are lucky to have great partners in the provincial and national departments of health, Discovery and Netcare".

The United Nations says breastfeeding is critical for achieving numerous Sustainable Development Goals, a set of targets agreed by world leaders in 2015 for reducing poverty and inequality.

The shocking statistics sparked a call for Britons to change their attitudes to breastfeeding in a bid to improve babies' mental and physical development.

Buhari said this in Abuja on Tuesday at the 2017 World Breastfeeding Week where she inaugurated the Breast-feeding Advocacy Initiative with theme: "Sustaining Breastfeeding Together".

They also recommend breastfeeding along with age-appropriate solid foods until a child reaches at least 24 months of age.

" It is also working with communities to remove barriers and support mothers to successfully breastfeed their children".

"Nigeria is joining the world to encourage unrestricted exclusive breastfeeding because 87 per cent of preventable death in infants under six months can be effectively averted, especially if breastfeeding practices are initiated within an hour from birth".

According to him, the two research findings are: "An investment case for breastfeeding, building upon the World Bank investment framework, and including country level data about the costs of not breastfeeding".

Currently, only 40 percent of babies worldwide are breastfed exclusively for the first six months.

Health professionals are raising awareness of a unique partnership between local NHS organisations, healthcare and voluntary bodies, and councils to encourage more breastfeeding. It has been proven to lower the risk of breast and ovarian cancer, as well as osteoporosis.

The week advocates exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life, which yields tremendous health benefits, providing critical nutrients, protection from deadly diseases, such as pneumonia, and fostering growth and development.

"There are many myths about breastfeeding; some claim that breastfeeding could make breasts sag, which is untrue, another claim is that formula milk is the same as breast milk and that's totally wrong". With such support, the expectation is that most women will be able to breastfeed.

"In Indonesia, misinformation may be a primary reason why women choose bottled feed with formula rather than breastfeeding their babies". Breast pumps are easily available these days and you can store the milk in bottles or plastic bags in the refrigerator so that it stays hygienic.

Prof Modi said: "Perhaps many men feel discomforted because they grow up to regard the breast as a sexual object".

Elizabeth's Hospital Women and Infants Center proudly supports the Big Latch On organization for their annual breastfeeding event, which is scheduled for August 5, at Melvin Price Park, 1454 Caseyville Ave., in Swansea, according to a press release.

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