You are here: Home » PTI Stories » National » News
Business Standard

First two yrs of breastfeeding would save 8.20 lakh babies annually: WHO

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Breast-feeding babies for the first two years would save the lives of more than 8,20, 000 children under five years of age annually, says a new 10-point WHO- guidelines, aimed at promoting feeding.

"also improves IQ, school readiness and attendance, and is associated with higher income in adult life (for the babies). It also reduces the risk of cancer in the mother," said in a statement entailing the new guidelines, released on Wednesday.

"within the first hour of birth protects newborn babies from and saves lives. Infants are at greater risk of death due to diarrhoea and other when they are only partially breastfed or not breastfed at all," he said.

"But requires support, encouragement and guidance. With these basic steps, implemented properly, we can significantly improve rates around the world and give children the best possible start in life," Fore added.

Accordingly, the new ten-point WHO-guidelines aim at increasing support for in facilities across the globe, providing maternity and newborn services, the statement said.

Listing practical steps that countries should take "to protect, promote and support in facilities providing maternity and newborn services," the guidelines seek to encourage new mothers to breastfeed and apprise workers of steps to support it.

They provide immediate system platform to help mothers initiate within the first hour and breastfeed exclusively for six months, the WHO-statement said.

The guidelines described how hospitals should have a written policy in place, staff competencies, and antenatal and post-birth care, including support for mothers.

The guidelines also recommend limited use of breastmilk substitutes, responsive feeding, educating parents on the use of bottles and pacifiers, and support when mothers and babies are discharged from hospital.

WHO Dr Ghebreyesus said that in many hospitals and communities around the world, whether a child can be breastfed or not can make the difference between life and death, and whether a child will develop to reach his or her full potential.

"As part of every country's drive to achieve universal coverage, there is no better way to start than by ensuring the ten steps to successful as the standard for care of mothers and their babies," Dr Tedros said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 12:05 IST
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU