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Breastfeeding Could Save 1.3 Million Lives

by The Kid's Doctor Staff

Teaching new mothers how to breastfeed could save 1.3 million children’s lives every year, but many women get no help and give up trying, said the World Health Organization.

Less than 40 percent of mothers worldwide breastfeed their infants exclusively in the first six months, as recommended by the WHO. But many abandon it because they don’t know how to get their your-baby to latch on properly or suffer pain and discomfort.

“When it comes to doing it practically, they don’t have the practical support,” said WHO expert Constanza Vallenas. This is a problem in both rich and poor countries, she said, calling for more assistance in hospitals, health clinics and communities for new mothers who need information and help.

The WHO recommends that babies start breastfeeding within one hour of their birth, and ingest only breast milk for the first six months, avoiding water and other drinks and foods.

This can give children vital nutrients and strengthen their immune system to fight diseases like diarrhea and pneumonia. Formula milk does not provide the same immunity and local water can be contaminated or unsafe in many parts of the world.

Raising to 90 percent the global breastfeeding rate for infants to six months would save an estimated 13 percent of the 10 million under-age-five deaths a year, Vallenas said.

In a statement released to mark World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said it was also important that mothers in disaster zones be given the support they need to continue or restart breastfeeding.

“During emergencies, unsolicited or uncontrolled donations of breast milk substitutes may undermine breastfeeding and should be avoided,” Chan said, arguing abandoning breastfeeding could put vulnerable child lives at extra risk. “The focus should be on active protection and support of breastfeeding.”

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