Breastfeeding is one of the most effective ways to ensure child health and survival. WHO actively promotes breastfeeding as the best source of nourishment for infants and young children. This fact file explores the many benefits of features of development of child 4 years practice, and how strong support to mothers can increase breastfeeding worldwide.
It gives infants all the nutrients they need for healthy development. It is safe and contains antibodies that help protect infants from common childhood illnesses such as diarrhoea and pneumonia, the two primary causes of child mortality worldwide. It reduces risks of breast and ovarian cancer, type II diabetes, and postpartum depression. Adolescents and adults who were breastfed as babies are less likely to be overweight or obese. They are less likely to have type-II diabetes and perform better in intelligence tests. When infant formula is not properly prepared, there are risks arising from the use of unsafe water and unsterilized equipment or the potential presence of bacteria in powdered formula.
Malnutrition can result from over-diluting formula to “stretch” supplies. HIV-exposed infant reduces the risk of transmission. Together, breastfeeding and ARVs have the potential to significantly improve infants’ chances of surviving while remaining HIV uninfected. Many routine practices, such as separation of mother and baby, use of newborn nurseries, and supplementation with infant formula, actually make it harder for mothers and babies to breastfeed. Mothers need a safe, clean and private place in or near their workplace to continue breastfeeding. Foods for the baby can be specially prepared or modified from family meals.