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World breastfeeding week

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Breastfeeding is like nectar for every newborn. Mother's milk is considered as the complete food for the baby, it contains everything necessary for the nutrition of the child. This is the reason why all mothers are advised to breastfeed their newborn.

The first week of August (1-7 August) is celebrated as World Breastfeeding Week to make people aware about the benefits of breastfeeding. In this episode, this year, UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell and WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus have given information about the health benefits of breastfeeding, while emphasizing on breastfeeding.

Health experts say, as the health and nutrition of millions of infants and toddlers is being questioned amid ongoing health problems globally, it becomes even more necessary to raise awareness about the benefits of breastfeeding. However, globally statistics show that only 64 per cent of babies are breastfed for six months after birth, which is worrying.

UNICEF-WHO joint appeal

On the occasion of World Breastfeeding Week, UNICEF Executive Director Katherine Russell and WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a joint statement that the theme of World Breastfeeding Week 2022 is - Step up to Breastfeeding Education and Support. Families, especially those living in emergency situations, can also take care of this and save children from the risk of malnutrition. In many countries like Afghanistan, Yemen, Ukraine, where conditions are not normal, it is very necessary to make people aware about the benefits of breastfeeding so that children can be saved from the risk of malnutrition.

Breastfeeding is the first vaccine for the baby

Health experts pointed out that breast-feeding also acts as the first vaccine for the child, which protects them from common childhood diseases. The exception, however, is that half of all newborns are not breastfed in the first hour of life, putting them at risk of developing a range of diseases. Only 44 percent of babies are breastfed in the first six months of life, well below the World Health Assembly's target of 50 percent by 2025.

What is the appeal of health experts?

UNICEF and WHO have appealed for awareness about breastfeeding among people globally. Health organizations say that there is a need to prioritize investment in breastfeeding support policies and programs, so that awareness can be communicated to as many people as possible. There is a need to provide quality counseling and practical support to lactating mothers.

 Arjan de Vogt, UNICEF Deputy Representative (Head of AI and Nutrition), says, “The purpose of celebrating Breastfeeding Week around the world is to educate and make people aware of the benefits of it. It is a collective responsibility not only of mothers but of families and communities to ensure that the newborn is able to breastfeed. We need to educate every individual through friendly policies and programs, thereby reducing the risk of child mortality and diseases.

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