PHEs programme Start4Life has created the Breastfeeding
Friend to encourage parents to adopt healthy behaviours.
According to the scorecard, breastfeeding
during the first year of life, a critical period for child devel opment, also provides cognitive benefits.
Nurturing the Health and Wealth of Nations: The Investment Case for Breastfeeding
, suggests that meeting this target could save the lives of 520,000 children under the age of five and potentially generate US$300 billion in economic gains over 10 years, as a result of reduced illness and health care costs and increased productivity.
The recently released 'The Global Breastfeeding
Scorecard,' which evaluated 194 nations with the Global Breastfeeding
Collective, found just 40 percent of children younger than six months globally are breastfed exclusively.
Compliance to early initiation of breastfeeding
, exclusive breastfeeding
and complimentary breast feeding for two years could significantly reduce stunting in Pakistan, it said.
According to the WHO, breastfeeding
is one of the most effective ways to ensure child health and survival.
Second, higher frequency of breastfeeding
and nocturnal breastfeeding
on demand makes it very difficult to clean teeth in this specific period," (http://edition.
KEY WORDS: Knowledge; Breast Feeding; Colostrum; Exclusive Breastfeeding
Conclusion: There is a dire need to focus more on routine services compared to massive immunisation and breastfeeding
In the report, CDC officials call on states to use their breastfeeding
statistics as a call to action for goals including monitoring breastfeeding
progress, sharing success stories from effective hospital and community programs, building state profiles of community breastfeeding
support, and identifying ways to increase breastfeeding
rates through maternity care programs and peer and professional support networks.
He said the awareness and the behaviour of families and the community need to be changed to promote breastfeeding
, by raising awareness among the people using all the channels of mass communication.
is the best nutritional option for an infant and provides health benefits to both mother and child.