Breastfeeding BenefitsBy Anita KumarSave A Mother<br />
Breastfeeding<br />Breast milk alone is the ideal nourishment for infants <br />for first six months of life<br />Breastfeeding is one the most effective ways to <br />ensure child health and survival<br />
Benefits for baby…<br />It is safe and contains antibodies that help protect <br />infants from common childhood illnesses - such as <br />diarrhea and pneumonia.<br />
Benefits for baby…<br />Improves vaccine effectiveness<br />
Breastfeeding is considered…<br />the 4th Trimester in Brain growth and development… <br />there are specific proteins in human milk that<br /> produce brain development.<br />
…less hospitalized<br />Breastfed babies are hospitalized 10 times less than<br />formula fed infants in the first year of life<br />
Prevents neonatal deaths <br />16% of neonatal deaths could be prevented by increasing <br />the proportion of infants that receives breast milk within<br />24hrs of birth<br />
Prevents Juvenile Diabetes <br />34 % less likely to develop juvenile, insulin-dependent<br />diabetes than children who are fed formula. <br />
Breastfeeding benefits for mom<br />Reduces risks of breast and ovarian cancer later in life<br />Less likely to develop osteoporosis later in life<br />
Breastfeeding benefits for mom<br />Breastfeeding is a form of birth control found to be 98<br />percent Effective<br />Helps a mother to lose pregnancy weight<br />
Breastfed Children & Adults are…<br />often have lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol and type-2 diabetes.<br />3.2 % smarter than those who are not<br />
Breastfed Children & Adults are…<br />have fewer dental cavities<br />throughout their lives<br />lower rates of overweight and obesity.<br />
Breastfeeding reduces…<br />global pollution-decreases use of<br />resources and energy required to <br />produce and dispose materials <br />created for artificial baby milk<br />medical expenses and insurance claims for children because breastfed children are less ill<br />
Percentage of infants 0–5 months old exclusively breastfed (2000–2007)<br />Sources by www.Childinfo.org<br />
Breastfeeding around the world<br />19 countries throughout the developing world increased exclusive <br />breastfeeding rates by 20 percentage or more<br />Cambodia, Peru, and Sir Lanka have the highest percentage of exclusively<br />breast feeding mothers at or under 6 months of age<br /><ul><li>UNICEF global databases 2010, from MICS, DHS and other national surveys.</li></li></ul><li>Latest trend in breastfeeding<br />Exclusive breastfeeding rates have increased in most regions<br />Above is the trends in the percentage of infants under the age of six months who were exclusively breastfed, around 1995 and around 2008 <br />www.childinfo.org<br />
Globally less than 40% of infants under 6 months of age are exclusively breastfed.<br />
Breastfeeding support…<br /><ul><li>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.</li></li></ul><li>Save A Mother<br />Save a Mother. Save a Family. Save a Community<br /><ul><li> saveamother.org</li></ul>2011<br />
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