Each year more than 120 countries celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, which aims to promote breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world.
Reducing child mortality is a priority goal and this year UNICEF and WHO want to place special emphasis on early initiation of breastfeeding; according to a study conducted in Ghana by M.K. Edmon et al. and published in the medical journal Pediatrics in 2006, it is possible to prevent 16 per cent of neonatal deaths through breastfeeding from the first day of life of infants, a figure that may increase to 22 per cent if breastfeeding begins within the first hour after birth. This situation is particularly acute in sub-Saharan Africa, which has the world's highest infant mortality rate. UNICEF estimates that exclusive breastfeeding until the age of six months can prevent the deaths of 1.3 million children under five each year.
Breastfeeding is the best way to provide the newborn with the nutrients it needs. WHO recommends it as the exclusive mode of feeding for the first 6 months of life; thereafter it is recommended to continue breastfeeding until at least 2 years of age, adequately supplemented with other safe foods.
Breast milk has everything your baby needs, it has the best of you.