7 August 2013 marks the end of World Breastfeeding Week (WBW).
In an effort to celebrate the joys of breastfeeding and bring together mums worldwide, World Breastfeeding Week was commemorated in 1992 by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action. Today, it’s celebrated in more than 174 countries with the full support of World Health Orgnaisation (WHO) and UNICEF.
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To wrap it up on a high, we highlight the benefits and facts about breastfeeding for you and your little bundle of joy in line with this year’s theme for Breastfeeding Week- “Breastfeeding Support: Close to Mothers”.
- You should begin breastfeeding baby within an hour of his or her birth, to foster an emotional connection. Make sure daddy’s by your side, too!
- Colostrum is the milk your body first produces for baby and usually happens after you’ve delivered. It’s yellowish and sticky, and another food WHO recommends feeding your newborn because it’s packed with nutrients and vitamins essential for your baby.
- WHO, UNICEF and American Academy of Paediatrics recommend exclusive breastfeeding for your baby in his first six months. That means no water, milk formula or solid foods (it’s highly unlikely your baby would be able to eat solids, anyway!).
- Just as humans come packaged with different characteristics and personalities, no two women can produce breastmilk that tastes the same, although the nutritional benefits remain consistent throughout. Your diet determines how your milk will taste, and studies have shown that infants nursed by their mothers benefit from skin-to-skin contact, as well as become more receptive to solid foods.