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08/05/2020

World Breastfeeding Week: August 1st-7th

World Breastfeeding Week takes place annually, being held this year between August 1st and 7th, with the theme for 2020 set as supporting breastfeeding in order to build a healthier planet.

The World Health Organization and UNICEF are now issuing calls to governments all over the world to protect and promote access to specific counselling, which is a critical component of breastfeeding support.

Skilled counselling makes sure that mothers and families receive the support they need, as well as information, advice and reassurance to help ensure that babies are nourished optimally. Counselling can also make mothers feel more confident about their individual circumstances and choices.

Breastfeeding helps to deliver emotional and nutritional benefits to both mothers and children alike, forming part of a sustainable food system… but it’s not always as easy as that and mothers often need support in order to begin breastfeeding and to continue as they mean to go on.

It’s recommended that breastfeeding initiation takes place within an hour of birth, with exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. After six months, nutritional and safe complementary solid foods should be introduced, along with continued breastfeeding up to two years old or beyond.

Early initiation of breastfeeding helps to protect the baby from infections, reducing newborn mortality. And breastmilk itself is a great source of energy and nutrients for children under the age of two, providing half or more of the required energy for a child between six and 12 months.

Breastfeeding may also help babies fall asleep, particularly at night, and mums often feel as though this is a lovely way to really bond with their child uninterrupted. You may want to stop feeding your baby to sleep in this way after three months to help establish a proper bedtime routine and help your baby settle himself.

Need the help of a baby sleep consultant? Get in touch with Baby Serenity today.

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