Breastfeeding Breast milk alone is the ideal nourishment for infants for first six months of life Breastfeeding is one the most effective ways to ensure child health and survival
Benefits for baby… It is safe and contains antibodies that help protect infants from common childhood illnesses - such as diarrhea and pneumonia.
Benefits for baby… Improves vaccine effectiveness
Breastfeeding is considered… the 4th Trimester in Brain growth and development… there are specific proteins in human milk that produce brain development.
…less hospitalized Breastfed babies are hospitalized 10 times less than formula fed infants in the first year of life
Prevents neonatal deaths 16% of neonatal deaths could be prevented by increasing the proportion of infants that receives breast milk within 24hrs of birth
Prevents Juvenile Diabetes 34 % less likely to develop juvenile, insulin-dependent diabetes than children who are fed formula.
Breastfeeding benefits for mom Reduces risks of breast and ovarian cancer later in life Less likely to develop osteoporosis later in life
Breastfeeding benefits for mom Breastfeeding is a form of birth control found to be 98 percent Effective Helps a mother to lose pregnancy weight
Breastfed Children & Adults are… often have lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and type-2 diabetes. 3.2 % smarter than those who are not
Breastfed Children & Adults are… have fewer dental cavities throughout their lives lower rates of overweight and obesity.
Breastfeeding reduces… global pollution-decreases use of resources and energy required to produce and dispose materials created for artificial baby milk medical expenses and insurance claims for children because breastfed children are less ill
Percentage of infants 0–5 months old exclusively breastfed (2000–2007) Sources by www.Childinfo.org
Breastfeeding around the world 19 countries throughout the developing world increased exclusive breastfeeding rates by 20 percentage or more Cambodia, Peru, and Sir Lanka have the highest percentage of exclusively breast feeding mothers at or under 6 months of age
UNICEF global databases 2010, from MICS, DHS and other national surveys.
Latest trend in breastfeeding Exclusive breastfeeding rates have increased in most regions Above is the trends in the percentage of infants under the age of six months who were exclusively breastfed, around 1995 and around 2008 www.childinfo.org
Globally less than 40% of infants under 6 months of age are exclusively breastfed.
In 1991 UNICEF and WHO launched the baby friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) as a way to encourage hospital worldwide to adopt the steps to successful breastfeeding.
There are now more than 20,000 baby-friendly facilities in 152 countries thanks to WHO-UNICEF initiative.
Health facilities that support breastfeeding- by making trained breastfeeding counselors are available to new mothers-encourage higher rates of the practice.
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