Sunday, April 30, 2023

Importance of breastfeeding.. improving child survival and promoting healthy growth and development

Importance of breastfeeding:

According to the WHO, the estimated number of child deaths due to malnutrition is 2.7 million, which represents 45% of all child deaths. Infant and young child feeding is critical to improving child survival and promoting healthy growth and development.

The first two years of a child's life are especially important, since optimal nutrition during this period reduces morbidity and mortality, as well as the risk of chronic diseases, and improves general development.

Breastfeeding and complementary foods:

Review of the scientific data has revealed that, at the population level, exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months is the optimal mode of feeding for infants.

Later they should start receiving complementary foods, but without abandoning breastfeeding until they are 2 years old or more.

The success or failure of breastfeeding depends on the mother's desire to breastfeed her child, on this will depend the benefits that the baby will receive: correct physical, emotional and intellectual development, protection against health problems, allows strengthening the bond maternal mother-child through consolation, affection, company and security, is hygienic and does not need preparation.

It is also the easiest and most optimal way to guarantee the baby nutrients and immune protection during the first months of life.

The benefits of feeding with breast milk:

also include the nursing mother reducing the risk of suffering alterations after the birth of the baby (Anemia, depression, hemorrhages,) maintains the appropriate body weight, prevents the risk of having, cancer and suffering from of osteoporosis in the future.