Health

Every ounce counts

Basic nutrition: World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7) is celebrated every year to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. It commemorates the Innocenti Declaration signed in August 1990 by government policymakers, the World Health Organisation (WHO), UNICEF and other organisations to protect, promote and support breastfeeding. Breastfeeding, says WHO, is the best way to provide infants with the nutrients they need, which recommends exclusive breastfeeding starting within one hour after birth until a baby is six months old. Nutritious complementary foods should then be added while continuing to breastfeed for up to two years or beyond. This year, WHO is working with UNICEF and partners to promote the importance of helping mothers breastfeed their babies within that crucial first hour of life. Picture shows a health-care worker storing donated breast milk at the milk bank of the San Juan de Dios Hospital in Guatemala City. — A compilation based on WHO material.   | Photo Credit: ORLANDO ESTRADA

Related Topics
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor

Printable version | Oct 17, 2020 1:31:44 PM | https://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/health/every-ounce-counts/article24604892.ece

Next Story