is the most effective method to save as well as improve the lives of young children everywhere. It also yields long-term health benefits for both the babies and their mothers.
The Importance of Breastfeeding:
The UNICEF World Breastfeeding Week 2016 Message highlights the importance of breastfeeding
and how it is a key to sustainable development. Breastfeeding practices make the world healthier and smarter. Breastfeeding serves as a key factor that ends hunger, improves nutrition and promotes health and well-being. Each year, breastfeeding saves the lives of millions of children under the age of five
has numerous benefits for your baby - it has antibodies, which can protect
him/her against infections
allergies. Breastfeeding decreases the risks of non-communicable diseases (such
as childhood asthma and obesity) and promotes long-term health. It reduces
risks for heart diseases and diabetes in later life. A longer duration of
breastfeeding reduces the risk of breast and ovarian cancers in the mother.
contributes to a healthy early childhood by supporting physical and cognitive
. Breastfed children are found to exhibit higher cognitive
abilities, and possess high I.Q scores and better learning
. All of these translate to higher rates of productivity
and earnings in adult life.
‘Breastfeeding is not only the fundamental of a child’s healthy development but it is also the foundation of the nation’s development!’
outcomes in health and learning support other goals like abolishing poverty,
promoting economic growth and diminishing inequalities. Breastfeeding also enables women to delay
subsequent pregnancies and could empower them to exercise better reproductive
autonomy. This could help them return to school or to work and support their
evidences that breastfeeding benefits women, children and their communities,
the rates of breastfeeding have remained stagnant for the last two decades.
Many children have been missing out on this incredible boost to their health
and too many women lack this information and support. By promoting, protecting
and supporting breastfeeding, we can make better progress towards all our
developmental goals. As the governments across the world frame their budgets
and develop plans of action to achieve sustainable developmental goals,
breastfeeding should be made a policy and be given utmost priority.
Breastfeeding Week 2016
This year, the
slogan for the breastfeeding week is "Breastfeeding:
A key to sustainable Development"
. The theme being: Breastfeeding in
relation to sustainability and to the sustainable development goals.
According to Dr
Omer-Salim, the key writer for the World Breastfeeding Week 2016 Calendar
Announcement, the term 'Sustainable development' stands
for development that meets the present needs without compromising the abilities
of the future generations to meet their own needs.
He also adds that breastfeeding is the key to a sustainable
development since it is linked to nutrition, food security, health, survival,
economic productivity and educational potential. This year, a new set of
universally framed development goals will come into action. There are 17 such
goals, which are applicable to all countries alike. Some of them include:
- Ending hunger, improving nutrition
- Ensuring health and promoting
- Ensuring sustainable agricultural
- Ensuring equitable education
None of these
goals explicitly mention breastfeeding. Thus, a breastfeeding movement is
needed to position breastfeeding in as many ways possible. This will help
ensure that breastfeeding isn't forgotten in the new era of the sustainable
The objectives of World Breastfeeding Week 2016 are:
Here's what we ought to learn from this year's
- To inform the common people about
the new Sustainable Development Goals and how they relate to
- To firmly anchor breastfeeding as
a significant part of sustainable development.
- To stimulate a wide range of
actions at all levels on breastfeeding and infant and young child feeding.
- To collaborate and engage using a
wider range of actors around the protection, promotion and support of
Here are Some Tips About Breastfeeding:
- How breastfeeding acts a key
element in getting us to value our well-being from the beginning of life
- How to respect each other
- How to care for the world we share
with each other
Feed your baby as often as he/she requires. It could be
approximately 8-12 times a day.
- Wash your hands before feeding
your baby, each time. And wash your nipples everyday with warm water.
Avoid using soaps or lotion containing alcohol, which could dry your skin.
- Make sure your baby is latched on
the right way and that the baby is sucking the right way. If the sucking
hurts you, it might be because the position is incorrect.
- Let your nipples air dry between
each feed. Let the milk on your nipples get dry.
- Change nursing positions whenever
- Whenever your nipples get sore,
rub some lanolin cream to soothe the pain.
- Stop using bra pads with plastic
linings and make sure you change bra pads frequently to keep your nipples
- Express milk till your let-down
reflex to make sure that you have enough milk and so your baby sucks less
- Breastfeed often to prevent
engorgement. It could make it tough for your baby to latch on.
- Have a well balanced diet with plenty of
calcium. Include lots of fruits, vegetables, breads, meat, milk and dairy
- World Breastfeeding Week 2016 - Introduction - (http://worldbreastfeedingweek.org/)
- World Breastfeeding Week - Join the Celebration - (http://www.ilca.org/global-health/world-breastfeeding-week)
- About World Breastfeeding Week - (http://www.unicef.org.uk/BabyFriendly/News-and-Research/News/World-Breastfeeding-Week-2016/)
- Breastfeeding Week Message - (http://waba.org.my/breastfeeding-a-key-to-sustainable-development-unicef-world-breastfeeding-week-2016-message/)
- Breastfeeding - Hints to Help You Get Off a Good Start - (http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/pregnancy-newborns/caring-for-newborns/breastfeeding-