“Sustaining Together” calls the attention of mothers, fathers, public, and the government to be aware of the importance of breastfeeding in the development of the child. There are several activities done this month for the celebration of Breastfeeding Awareness Month. On the first week of August (1 to 7), the activities focused on the vital role of breastfeeding for the newborn, mother, family, and socio-cultural development.
Some of the experts in family planning explained the meaning of exclusive breastfeeding. That means the baby will not receive any other milk unless it is the mother’s milk and with the exception of medical treatments. It was explained that breast milk acts as primary immunization and antibodies among babies and helps the cognitive development of the child in the long run. Experts point out the benefits of breastfeeding after giving birth, the reduction in the excessive bleeding of the mother from delivery, and excess fat linked to pregnancy.
In addition to the development of the child, Mrs. Ada Ezeogu, a nutritionist specialist at the United Nation Children Education Fund (UNICEF), states that breastfeeding your baby from six months up to two years will make a big difference in the nutritional development of the child. Breast milk contains essential components that are fundamental to prevent childhood pneumonia and diarrhea.
In conclusion, the message of the theme “Sustaining Together” is to improve the nutrition of the child.