World Breastfeeding Week: “Support Breastfeeding For A Healthier Planet”

30 July 2020
2020-07-30 16:14

World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated annually from 1st to 7th August, aiming to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world.

The theme of World Breastfeeding Week 2020 is “Support breastfeeding for a healthier planet.” Mother’s Milk is very important for the infants to make them stronger with better health. It gives many nutrients and to make the child get better nourishment to develop their health for their better future.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Central Women’s Hospital (Yangon), Prof. Dr. Nant San San Aye said “We want to know the importance of breastfeeding to the mothers and take part in the breastfeeding process. Globally, only 40% of infants under six months are exclusively breastfed. In Myanmar, the People’s Hospitals, the Children Hospital and National Nutrition Center under MOHS are conducting practically the breastfeeding programs.”

The Consultant Pediatrician said that mothers can prevent the uterine cancer and breast cancer by breastfeeding and the breast milk is the best nutrition for the infants.

Consultant Pediatrician, Yangon Children Hospital, Dr. Pyi Phyo Naing said “Mothers can prevent uterine cancer and breast cancer by breastfeeding. For the baby, this is the best nutrition. Throughout pregnancy and the first few days of breastfeeding, a mother's breasts produce colostrums that are nutritious for the child. The breast milk is the best nutrient for the child because it is the natural product and it can reduce expenses.”

One of the Consultant Pediatricians from the Yankin Yankin Children Hospital explained about how to solve the problems on breastfeeding for mothers who have to go work. 

Consultant Pediatrician, Yankin Children Hospital, Dr. Sandar Myint said “Nowadays, most of the mothers go to work and they cannot feed the breast milk. Therefore, mothers can breastfeed to the babies by arranging the privacy room where they can breastfeed at the work place. In addition, we can keep the breast milk for four hours with outside temperature and keep in fridge for 24 hours.”

The Consultant Pediatrician also added that if the parents cannot breastfeed the babies for many reasons, they can feed the donor human milk. Human milk banks have been opened in Yangon Central Women Hospital and Yakin Children Hospital.

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