World Breastfeeding Week
Emphasizing the value of breastfeeding for mothers as well as children, August 1-7, 2015 is recognized as World Breastfeeding Week! Various organizations have sponsored events celebrating this week throughout 120 countries.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that mothers exclusively breastfeed infants for the first six months of life and to continue breastfeeding, adding complementary foods, children up to 2 years of age or beyond. With only 38% of the World's infants being breastfed, WHO believes that an additional 800,000 children would be saved worldwide with universal participation.
According to WebMD, citing various breastfeeding studies, the benefits of breastfeeding your infant include the following:-Infants that are exclusively fed breastmilk, for the first six months of life, have a lower rate of hospitalizations, fewer ear infections, less respiratory illnesses, and occurrences of diarrhea.
-Breast milk contains antibodies that help your baby fight off viruses and bacteria.
-Breastfeeding lowers your baby's risk of having asthma or allergies.
-Breast Milk is easily digested.
- With a nearly perfect mix of vitamins, protein, and fat, breast milk provides the ideal nutrition for infants.
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