Jul 21, 2011, 12:05 PM
The importance of breastfeeding to the overall growth and well-being of infants and children is well known. Breast milk is the natural first food for babies.
We, therefore, encourage our lactating mothers to nurture the culture of breastfeeding their children.
It is good to keep breastfeeding your children, since it keeps them healthy and strong.
We urge our health authorities to continue promoting sound feeding practices across the country.
Breast milk is very good for infants; it protects the infant against infectious and chronic diseases.
According to health officials, breast milk provides all the energy and nutrients that the infant needs for the first months of life, and it continues to provide up to half or more of a child’s nutritional needs during the second half of the first year, and up to one-third during the second year of life.
Breastfeeding a baby exclusively for the first six months, and then continued breastfeeding in addition to appropriate solid foods until 12 months and beyond, has health benefits for both the mother and child.
It has been realized that some mothers are in the habit of not regularly breastfeeding their infants; such practice must stop.
It is not good for the well-being of the children and their mothers.
Breast milk is more easily digested by infants; so give it to them regularly, doctors have said.
Babies who are fed with breast milk will have a lower risk of illness.
Therefore, we encourage exclusive breastfeeding for all children.
We believe that infants need their mother’s milk more than any other thing.