Birth of your baby is an amazing and exciting experience of life. It is one of the busiest times of this fascinating journey towards motherhood. It could be a bit confusing and difficult part for most women when it comes to deciding how to feed your child? Deciding to breastfeed could be one of the best ways to start your baby’s life. Being a health care practitioner and a mother, I strongly believe in the fact that breastfeeding provides tremendous benefits to both the child and the mother.
Introduction to breastfeeding and why it is recommended?
According to World Health Organization, it is currently recommended that infants should be breastfed “within 1 hour” of birth up to six months and continued up to 2 years of age in combination with solids starting at six months. But unfortunately, infant feeding practices are still far from optimal. In many parts of the world, the rates of exclusive breastfeeding are low and many women stop breastfeeding earlier than they intended to either due to personal preferences, physical concerns or lifestyle limitations.
According to the World Health Organization, up to 1.5 million estimated lives could be saved if the mother fed their infants according to the recommended guidelines.
Being a Pakistani healthcare practitioner, I find it extremely sad and heartbreaking that Pakistan is among one of those countries which are having the highest rate of child stunting (poor growth and development). The major reason is the lack of breastfeeding support and counseling. Most women believe that traditional remedies and mixtures are more healthy than their milk (due to lack of awareness and proper education).
I shall be providing a series of breastfeeding awareness blogs because I believe that the experience of breastfeeding is extraordinary and memorable for a mother in all the ways. It brings festive bonding and closeness with the baby. It is cost-saving and provides amazing health benefits for both baby and mother. I shall be posting daily blogs about different aspects and struggles of breastfeeding in the coming week. You will get all the support you need during this beautiful phase of motherhood including all the facts and practical tips.
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