Annual, from 1 to 7 Augustit is celebrated World Breastfeeding Week, a period of raising awareness of the importance of breastfeeding and the significant impact it has on the health and development of girls and boys. All mothers in the world need our help to encourage and support their desire to care their boys and their girls.
Nurse children from the first hours of life is very important and in some cases it can save their lives. The mother can also reap health benefits, many of which are associated with a lower risk of breast and ovarian cancer for mothers who breastfeed later in life.
But breastfeeding it is not easy for everyone, especially in an emergency. In these difficult times, mothers need support. ONE qualified support and basic interventions to support mothers and their youngest children have a direct impact on boy and girl survival.
The importance of breastfeeding
That mother’s milk it can make the difference between life and death for many babies in poor countries. If all infants up to 23 months was breastfed properly, one could prevent the death of 820,000 children under 5 years of age, and for this reason it is important to promote this practice both in the West and in developing countries. When infants receive colostrum, i.e. the very first breast milk, within the first hour of life, immune system making them three times better able to survive adverse conditions. We list here 6 reasons why breast milk is essential for the nutrition of boys and girls:
- It is estimated that malnutrition is connected to 2.7 million infant deaths per year or 45% of all infant deaths.
- That mother’s milk it is important source of energy and nutrients for babies aged 6-23 months.
- In developing countries, only 39% of children under six months come exclusively breastfed.
- Studies estimate that a increased breastfeeding rates chest can potentially save lives more than 820,000 children under the age of 5 each year.
- Almost half of the episodes of diarrhea and a third of respiratory infections are caused by inadequate breastfeeding practices.
- It is estimated that 20,000 mothers died for breast cancer they could be avoid every year improvement of breastfeeding frequency.
Stories about mothers and fathers
Now we want to tell you something stories of great inspiration which brings forththe importance of breastfeeding and how valuable it is for the child’s development.
The first story is about Amran, a mother who did not have access to qualified breastfeeding support. Then his son Sukariye he was 6 months old, Amran took him to our stabilization center in Burao, Somalia. Here he was diagnosed with one severe form of malnutrition and was admitted for treatment. But it was not the first time that Sukariye fell ill. Mother Amran tells us: “She was 15 days old. First she had trouble breathing, then she got measles.” Amran did his best to heal Sakariye.
There A baby’s health is closely linked to the mother’s and so it was with Sakariye and Amran. When the drought caused food shortages in Somalia, where the family lives, Amran did what any parent would do. He put his young children first.
The second story instead concerns one father who works hard for redefine gender roles of Kenyan fathers. William lives in Nairobi, Kenya and is the father of two twins who, when they were born prematurely, spent the first 2 months of their lives in an incubator. But with the help of our program Kangaroo mother care both girls grew up to be strong and healthy girls.
Fathers play an important role in helping mothers with the Kangaroo Mother Care practice, a technique where skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding provide warmth and nourishment to babies in the most critical phase, the first 24 hours. However, in many cultures, fathers are reluctant to participate in perceived maternal techniques. “One important thing that I have learned from practicing this technique is that As a father, I also have a very important role to play with my childrensays William. In addition to providing for them, I can also help raise them.”
To learn more, visit our dedicated page Breastfeeding: why it matters. Or read our articles from the bloghere are some: