World Breastfeeding Week, 1st-7th August 2018
Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life
World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) stresses that breastfeeding provides the foundation for lifelong health, in both babies and mothers.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends ‘exclusive breastfeeding’ for the first six months of life after which, solid foods, such as mashed fruits and vegetables, should be introduced to complement breastfeeding.
There are a number of mothers who have tried to breast feed but have not been able to; some have felt demoralised by the problems they have encountered. Breastfeeding has to be learned and women may encounter difficulties at the beginning. ‘World Breast Feeding Week’ provides an opportunity to highlight the care and support women need when looking after their new-born baby. With dependable and on-going support the number of women who breastfeed will increase; and women will also be able to breast feed for longer.
For babies, breastfeeding reduces the risk of:
- infections, particularly those affecting the ears, lungs and digestive tract
- diarrhoea and vomiting, and improves recovery from any similar illnesses
- type 2 diabetes
- childhood leukaemia
- cardiovascular disease in adulthood
- sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
For mothers, breast feeding lowers the risk of:
- breast cancer
- ovarian cancer
- cardiovascular disease
- osteoporosis (weak bones)
The ‘Big Latch On’ is a global event that takes place at registered locations around the world, where people gather together to breastfeed and offer peer support to each other. In Gibraltar, this event is run by the Gibraltar Breastfeeding Association and the 2018 event falls on Saturday 4th August; any soon-to-be or breastfeeding mothers, and supportive family members, are welcomed to attend the event, acquire more information and raise awareness.
For more information Tel: 54014517 or see www.gibraltarbreastfeedingassociation.org