Each year, the first week of August is celebrated as World Breastfeeding Week. This year, the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF are emphasizing the importance of helping mothers breastfeed their babies within the first one hour of life.
The event commemorates the Innocenti Declaration signed in August 1990 by government policymakers, WHO, UNICEF and other organizations to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding is the best way to provide infants with the nutrients they need.
WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding starting within one hour after birth until a baby is 6 months old. Nutritious complementary foods should then be added while continuing to breastfeed for up to 2 years or beyond.
Skin-to-skin contact along with suckling at the breast stimulate the production of breastmilk, including colostrum, also called the baby’s ‘first vaccine’, which is extremely rich in nutrients and antibodies.
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Link to WHO Question & Answer on breastfeeding: