It is now an established fact that breastfeeding is the best way to feed a newborn at least for the first 6 months. Research and study have proven that breastfeeding is the best way to support a kid’s physical and mental development as well as it is the most natural way to establish a strong bond between child and mother.
In one word, breastfeeding is extremely important for a baby in terms of nutrition and development of immunity.It is beneficial for the lactating mother on the other hand because regular breastfeeding reduces the chance of breast cancer and helps in the quick shedding of pregnancy fat.
Breastfeeding week: its significance
In order to commemorate and to spread awareness of breastfeeding, recently, the first seven days of August month 2016 have been marked as World Breastfeeding Week. It is being emphasized by different campaigning that not only breastfeeding is the best way for mothering an infant’s food requirement, also child care specialists and World Health Organization is considering the habit of breastfeeding as one of the simple, cost efficient, and organic process of achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), exclusively for“Achieving Zero Hunger and Refining Health and Well-Being at All Ages”.
Breastfeeding in India
Fortunately breastfeeding in India is being counted as one of the best and most accepted ways for kids’feedstuff since a long time. The country being 6th largest community in terms of world population, has a major role to play in supporting mothers and the next progeny to be healthy, nourished, well developed as well as to strengthen the global mission of SDG by promoting breastfeeding and its importance for kid, mother, and society.
The significance of breastfeeding
In one word, the significance of breastfeeding is multifaceted. It is the best way to supply uncontaminated and balanced food for infants. After birth, the first breastfeeding with colostrum helps a kid to develop his immunity level better than any other artificial immunization. Down the line next 6 months feeding breast milk without any water helps a baby to stay healthy, faster growing, always perfect in weight, and a happy kid. Next, from 6-24 months also breastfeeding is one of the main foods of the kids along with other foods as prescribed by the doctor or health centre representatives. In simple way, breastfeeding acts a simple, low-cost, nutritious, and safe food option for kids for their better future: however, the awareness needs to be spread universally.
The benefits of breastfeeding for mothers
Although kid’s wellbeing is the priority for every mother, but breastfeeding offers some awesome benefits for moms too. These are:
Fulfillment of maternal feeling that helps in enjoying feel good mood,
It helps in natural releasing of good hormone like prolactin and oxytocin,
Breastfeeding reduces the chance of breast and ovarian cancer of nursing mother,
Some studies have observed that the habit of breastfeeding may decrease the risk of evolving type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, as well as cardiovascular disease, including hypertension and high cholesterol (LDL).
Exclusive breastfeeding helps in enjoying natural contraception, which reduces the chance of pregnancy immediately after a child birth.
The mission: breastfeeding is the best option for kids’ food
Now with all these positive factors on card, it is our responsibility to spread the awareness and utility of breastfeeding. In underdeveloped countries, breast milk can be a reliable source of kids’ food and it has the potential to reduce the rate of mortality as well as the chances of infant malnutrition.
Besides government initiative, it is our responsibility to promote, prioritize, and educate people about the necessity and benefits of breastfeeding to make the 7-day awareness program a year-round organic campaigning.
Let’s celebrate motherhood with breastfeeding and take the control of feeding babies by mother’s milk! Let’s enjoy the pride for generating the best baby food being the mother! Let’s enjoy the privilege of being woman!!
A feminist by heart, Swagata has 8 years’ experience in content development and marketing. She is a passionate writer with an inherent knack to inspire women for a general well-being in their lifestyle.