“What if governments had a proven, cost-effective way to save babies’ lives, reduce rates of malnutrition, support children’s health, increase educational attainment and grow productivity? They do: It’s called breastfeeding. And it is one of the best investments nations can make in the lives and futures of their youngest members – and in the long-term strength of their societies.”
Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director
From time immemorial, breast feeding has been and will always be a fundamental element of a baby’s early development. Babies are born every day from different parts of the world and mothers are expected to breast feed their toddlers. However is that food/breast milk rich in nutritional content for the wellbeing of the baby? Does it contain all the food values to enable it grow healthy?
This calls for mothers to eat a balanced diet rich in vitamins, carbohydrates, fats and proteins in a perfect blend ready for consumption in a digestible form for babies. Nutritional content in breast milk is a result of a nursing mother’s eating habits and diet. Research and experience has shown that breast feeding creates a mother-child bonding, reduces risks of infections in the child and reduces chances of getting breast and ovarian cancers for the mothers among other.
According to the Global Breast Feeding Score card 2017; 44% of new borns are put to the breast within the first hour after birth globally, overall rate of exclusive breast feeding for infants under six months of age is 40% only, and Africa has nearly 70% of countries have high rates of continued breast feeding at one year.
Now that the World Breast Feeding Week has passed, we continue to urge every stakeholder to support sustainable breast feeding in their respective places of influence for achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals