It commemorates the Innocenti Declaration signed in August 1990 by government policymakers, the World Health Organisation (WHO), UNICEF and other organisations to protect, promote and support breastfeeding. Skin-to-skin contact along with suckling at the breast stimulate the mother's production of breastmilk, including colostrum, also called the baby's "first vaccine", which is extremely rich in nutrients and antibodies.
The report which analyzes data from 76 countries reveals that despite the importance of early initiation of breastfeeding, too many newborns are left waiting too long for different reasons, like feeding newborns food or drinks, including formula, the rise in elective C-sections and gaps in the quality of care provided to mothers and newborns.
He explained that most times mother's milk supply may diminish temporarily if the woman failed to feed her baby often because of nipple pain or due to poor latch-on technique. - A compilation based on World Health Organization material.
The state is nudging its way to better access to breastmilk for infants under 6 months, with 50 per cent of children in Haryana are exclusively breastfed.
It also contributes to enhancing maternal health and reducing the risk of ovarian cancer or breast cancer.
Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO South East Asia Regional Director, says, "If every child was breastfed within an hour of birth, was exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life, and continued to be breastfed up to the age of two years, the lives of more than 8,00,000 children would be saved worldwide each year".
Lagos State has already implemented this and others can take a cue from the Lagos example.
Pakistan was among the 118 countries which had voted in favour of adopting global code of marketing of breast milk substitutes during the World Health Assembly in May 1981. It also contains growth factors which help the intes- tine to mature and reduce intolerance.
Beyond combating marketing of breast milk substitutes, there is need to invest in policies and programmes that support women's breastfeeding.
"But these are actually signs that the woman's body has adjusted to the baby's feeding requirement". Sustained breastfeeding support, education, and consistent, accurate information will help to meet these goals.
The SBFO started its celebration of World Breastfeeding Week with a 20-hour training course on breastfeeding that was held on Wednesday in partnership with Khorfakkan Hospital. Breastfeeding is important to child survival in all settings, but also to ensuring that children can thrive and reach their full cognitive and developmental potentials throughout their lives. "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.