Breastfeeding within an hour after birth is critical for saving newborn lives. Further, exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months is the optimal way of feeding infants. Thereafter infants should receive complementary foods with continued breastfeeding up to 2 years of age or beyond.
We need more and more babies around the world to be breastfed; immediately after birth, exclusively till 6 months of age, and breastfed with gradual weaning by the two-three years of age.
As a society, we can support mothers choices by making sure that everyone has access to reliable information and create a positive environment so that breastfeeding mothers are encouraged and breastfeeding becomes the norm for the society.
Sharing some of the interesting articles on breastfeeding culture
- A study on cultural views and practices related to breastfeeding
- Stories of mothers feeding babies from Africa, Asia and US
- Breastfeeding on Demand
- Evolution of science weaning away breastfeeding
- The wiki page on ‘History and culture of breastfeeding‘!
WHO Resources to promote breastfeeding
- Promoting proper feeding for infants and young children
- Complementary feeding
- Ten steps to successful breastfeeding
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