World Breastfeeding Week was observed from August 1st to August 7th to raise awareness and promote the importance of breastfeeding
The theme this year was “Let’s make breastfeeding and work, work’’
Breast milk is a termed as a nutritional powerhouse for infants, providing all the essential nutrients they need in the first 6 months of life.
It also acts as powerful immunization against life-threatening diseases.
There has been concerns about unhealthy breastfeeding practices, and the harmful impact it might have on the child.
If the baby doesn’t receive enough breast milk it may become dehydrated leading to serious problems such as electrolyte imbalance and kidney issues.
New mums are advised to eat healthy foods, like fruits, vegetables, whole-grain breads and lean meats. Eat fewer sweets and salty snacks
Drinking alcoholic drinks or smoking is also discouraged while breastfeeding, since you might pass harmful things.
Introducing solid foods early has in most cases been discouraged,its said to cause more harm than good.
Breast milk and formula should be the main source of nutrition for infants during the first six months.
On a flip side breastfeeding does not require a financial investment. It is possible to breastfeed without any special supplies or equipment. For people concerned about the costs of raising a child, breastfeeding may offer significant savings.
Some women find that breastfeeding helps them bond with their babies. The ability to soothe a baby with breastfeeding may make some women feel more confident in their parenting
There is no evidence that extended breastfeeding is harmful, although it may not be the cultural norm in some places.
Notably nutritionist advise mums should avoid providing infants and young children with sugary foods and beverages and instead provide fruits and vegetables.