WHO aims to Increase Proportion of Children being Breastfed to at least 50%

It has been repeatedly said that it is very important to breastfeed babies. However, then also it has been found that not even 40% of children born across the world are properly breastfeed for the first six months of birth. But the World Health Organization (WHO) aims to change the situation.

The WHO has aimed to increase the proportion by at least 50% in the next 10 years and the focus will be on working mothers. This time, the theme for the World Breastfeeding Week is ‘Breastfeeding and Work. Let's make it work!’

Working mothers have agreed that they have been managing to provide exclusive breastfeed to their children. But along with this, they have also mentioned that there is a need for private employers to be more supportive towards lactating mothers.

“Breastfeeding is an important public health issue as its benefits are seen in the mother as well as the child. It protects the mothers from lifestyle disorders like diabetes and cancers. The nutrition provided by breast milk is so perfect for the child's growth”, affirmed pediatrician Dr Archana Patel. In the case of premature children, importance of breastfeeding increases even more.

Many hospitals will host celebrations during the World Breastfeeding Week. To cite an example, Middlesex Hospital will host its annual celebration with an event known as ‘Breastfeeding and Work — Let’s Make It Work!’

Main aim of the World Breastfeeding Week is to provide information and support to new mothers about the benefits of breastfeeding.