Health News / Pakistan currently celebrates ‘World Breastfeeding Week’ as a key to Save The Children lives, reported on Sunday August 7, 2011.
According to source story, a joint program of World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF is paying attention to sensitize parents and health community that breast milk is the ideal food for newborns and infants.
Breastfeeding is directly linked to reducing the numbers of children who die before their fifth birthday. It is safe, gives babies the nutrients they need for healthy development and hold antibodies that help protect infants from common childhood illnesses.
The practice is mostly relevant to Pakistan, where 78 infants out of 1,000 live births die every year while under-five mortality is 94 deaths per 1,000 live births.
Major numbers of infants continue to die from Diarrhea, Pneumonia, Respiratory Infections and Under-nutrition.
The situation in particular context of inoculation, nutrition and sanitation issues is also serious and need urgent attention.
This is point up by only one in five children under one year of age being immunized and 31 percent being born with low birth weight.
With a national average stunting rate at 37 percent and acute malnutrition at 13 percent, urgent action is needed, said Dan Rohrmann, UNICEF Country Representative for Pakistan.
A major source of killer diseases among Pakistani children is the lack of exclusive breastfeeding and the use of unhygienic bottles, formula milk and teats. While exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life is on the rise in many countries, further improvement of breastfeeding rates is critical to improve the nutrition and the health of infants and children.
For a variety of reasons, including the lack of breastfeeding counseling, still too many mothers stop exclusive breastfeeding within a few weeks after delivery.
Some Part of APP and Extra Edit by E Pakistan News Staff Member on August 07, 2011.