Breastfeeding plays a very crucial role in the proper growth, health and development of babies and mothers. Whereas the Ugandan government is at the forefront of creating breastfeeding corners for mothers so as to support proper early childhood development the global Breastfeeding Scorecard reported that only 40% of children under 6 months are fed on only breast milk. Studies indicate that breastfeeding not only helps in the growth and development of babies’ immunity but also helps in the mother’s physical and emotional growth and relationship with her baby. Breastmilk works like a baby’s first vaccine, protecting infants from potentially deadly diseases which ensures all nourishments they need to survive and thrive.Therefore, all mothers are encouraged to spare time off their busy schedules to breastfeed their babies.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), full or exclusive breast feeding should at least happen for the first six months and then the continuation of breastfeeding along with complementary foods for 2 years or longer. It is important for mothers to note that any amount of breast milk given to their children is beneficial not only with the nutritional value but also contains antibodies and other immune properties that no one would ever wish for their child to miss. Its therefore essential to adhere to exclusive breast feeding coupled with good hygiene before, during and after breastfeeding babies.
This week, as the world celebrates the breastfeeding week,
NAWAD raises her voice to the wider public to create safe environments and spaces both at public and work places where breastfeeding mothers can freely and comfortably breastfeed their babies.
Men should also take up the influential role of encouraging mothers to breast feed their babies.