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Breastfeeding challenges: Paediatrician urges mothers to seek medical help early

With number of deliveries through cesarean section rising, many more new born babies are not getting the most critical first feed of breast milk within one hour of birth.

Eregie noted that optimal breastfeeding - 0-6months (baby friendly) and continued breastfeeding, up to eighteen months, (2yrs), helped females keep their hormones in check, allowing for a natural birth control process, as females only get pregnant after they wean (stop breastfeeding) their child which aid maternal longevity and health.

Enumerating on this to participants and health personnel at the world breastfeeding week symposium, with theme, "Breastfeeding: Foundation of life" organized by the Institute of Child Health (ICH), UNIBEN/UBTH, in collaboration with Department of worldwide and Global Studies, Mercer University, USA, Professor Eregie observed that it was a technical misnomer to refer to some entities as breast milk substitutes, as alternative food, for feeding babies.

This report comes at the time the government of Uganda is asking employers to establish breastfeeding centres at workplaces where breastfeeding mothers can easily use for breastfeeding.

Sincerely, this is very desirable as it will support the mother practise exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of the baby's life. This is to enable the mother breastfeed the baby on demand whenever the baby wants to breastfeed.

A group of experts at the launch of the report highlighted the need to spread awareness on the importance of breastfeeding in the first six months.

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Lagos State has already implemented this and others can take a cue from the Lagos example. "It's different from the milk produced even a few days later, because it's packed with a lot of factors that get the baby's immune system off to a good start". This makes the mother be up more hours than she is asleep. Due to insufficiency in donors milk, the milk has been mostly restricted to NICU (Newborn Intensive Care Specialists) babies compared to term babies.

Marking a threefold rise in access to breastmilk as per the latest data by the National Family Health Survey 4 (NFHS), a 17 per cent increase has been recorded in the past decade in breastfeeding rates in Haryana.

Okere said during breastfeeding period the mums are not supposed to be left alone, but the family and friends should provide both moral and emotional support. Breastfeeding is important to child survival in all settings, but also to ensuring that children can thrive and reach their full cognitive and developmental potentials throughout their lives.

The City of Ekurhuleni has joined the world community to commemorate the World Breastfeeding Week to promote health and sustainable development.

Ms Opendi said exclusive breastfeeding right from the first hour protects children from malnutrition and other early childhood diseases.

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