The first week of August is recognized as World Breastfeeding Week! Many organizations throughout 120 countries have sponsored events promoting the benefits of breastfeeding.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that mothers exclusively breastfeed their infants for the first six months of their lives and to continue breastfeeding, adding complementary foods, for 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 by universal participation!
Citing various breastfeeding studies, WebMD lists the benefits of breastfeeding your infant to 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. #worldbreastfeedingweek World Health Organization (WHO)#breastmilk USAID Global Health USAID - US Agency for International Development