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Written by : LifeStyle Team

A mother holds and feeds her baby breast milk as it is good for the newborn infant. The newborn infant gets it within an hour of taking birth. It is the primary source of nutrition for newborns in mammal species since the offspring can't eat and digest solid food. The babies who get breastfeeding for every 2-3 hours receive the right balanced essential nutrients like DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid). It plays a crucial role in overall brain growth and vision development of babies. Immunity boosters in mother's milk boost the baby's immunity power and reduce the risk of infections, allergies, and the diseases like pneumonia and diarrhoea.

But why only this? Can't we create an alternate for mother's milk? Obviously NO. Because, Mother - the visible goddess is the only source of it. So, it's always good to commemorate the greatness of mother's milk and breastfeeding.

Commemoration Of Mother's Milk

The organisations like World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), governments, and individuals indulge in celebrating World Breastfeeding Week (WBW), held from 1-7 August annually. Their goal is to disseminate the superpowers of mother's milk and supporting exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of child's life and supplemented breastfeeding for at least one year or up to two years or more. This initiative was taken by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) in 1992 to commemorate the Innocenti Declaration on the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding. This declaration was framed by the WHO and the UNICEF in August 1990. Now, this day has spread to over 120 countries.

Breastfeeding Support

Listen, new mums! Give your baby the first breastfeed within an hour. It is natural but takes time to learn. New mothers have to read and memorise the facts of breastfeeding. The love between mother and child, and the health of both mother and child grow when the baby gets breastfeeding. But, to support the safe and healthy breastfeeding, we need to follow the easy things given below.

At Home

  • Most women are able to feed their babies with the right support. So, doctors and midwives give assistance to new-mums to feed the babies and to recognise the signs when the baby is ready to feed and to position the baby at the breast.

  • Ensure the new mother have healthy food, water, clean house and rest.

  • Allow the mother to maintain skin-to-skin contact between her and her baby which can stimulate milk production.

  • Partners should help your wife to get enough rest, to burp the baby after a feed, to take care of the baby in ways like baths, diaper changes, walks etc.

At Workplace

  • It's tough to balance work and being a new mum. So, companies have to give enough maternity leave for mothers to get breastfeeding established.

  • Provide mums time and a place to breastfeed.

  • Support your colleagues while they are breastfeeding.

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