The annual event of World Breastfeeding Week has started on August 1 and will last until August 7. The theme of this year is called: “Breastfeeding and Work: Let’s Make It Work!” This year the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) is focused on enabling women to breastfeed and work at the same time.
The organization has decided to take steps in this direction because of the numerous benefits which breastfeeding has both on the child an on the mother. First of all breast milk is superior to any other type of food which children could eat because they could never replace its nutritional value. The World Health Organization recommend that infants should be breastfeed until they are six months. Moreover if the complementary food items are added to the diet breastfeeding could be continued until the baby is two years old.
Besides the fact that breastfeeding is good for the mother and the child, it seems that society has something to win out of this as well. Due to prolonged breastfeeding families are more likely to be in good health so the work force and the health sector won’t be burdened with such problems.
Milk formula factories won’t be as active so the waste generated by them will decrease and as a consequence air pollution will be lowered. The industrial sectors will also save some time and energy because there will be no need for prerequisites. In addition because of the fact that breast milk always has the ideal temperature, it does not require preparation and there are less chances that the baby will be infected.
That is why he World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action considers that irrespective of the job they have women should claim their right to breastfeeding; regardless of the fact that they work in a corporate office or they are mothers that stay at home.
UNICEF, the US National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and American Academy of Pediatrics provide a list of benefits of breastfeeding which include: lower chances of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, influenza, pneumonia, diarrhea and other common childhood infections and diseases and enhanced bonding between mother and infant due to skin-to-skin contact. Mother may have lower chances of developing postpartum depression and other diseases such as ovarian and breast cancer, rheumatoid arthritis and cardiovascular disease.
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