It is recommended that one should start breastfeeding immediately after the infant’s birth. Breast milk contains nutrients that are vital for the infant in the first few months. It contains high protein, Vitamin A and salts. Also since an infant’s digestive system isn’t developed enough to digest normal milk and it’s inadvisable to substitute it for breast milk. A new mother should maintain a healthy diet to sustain ideal secretion of milk. UNICEF says that despite compelling evidence that exclusive breastfeeding prevents diarrhoea and pneumonia, global rates of breastfeeding have remained relatively stagnant in the developing world, growing from 32% in 1995 to 39% in 2010. Proper breastfeeding exercises could prevent millions of deaths every year. A recent Lancet study also highlighted the fact that non-breastfed children are 14 times likelier to die in the first six months than exclusively breastfed children.
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Published: September 26, 2014 3:03 pm | Updated:March 20, 2015 5:56 pm