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WORLD BREASTFEEDING WEEK

WORLD BREASTFEEDING WEEK

The theme of World Breastfeeding Week 2020 is “Support breastfeeding for a healthier planet ”.

In line with this theme, WHO and UNICEF are calling on governments (LIMH MGT) to protect and promote women’s access to skilled breastfeeding counselling,

a critical component of breastfeeding support.

 

World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) is an annual celebration which is held every year from 1st  to 7th of August in more than 120 countries.

According to August data of WBW website,

540 events have been held worldwide by more than 79 countries with 488 organizations and 406,620 participants for the World Breastfeeding Week.

 

There’s no doubt that 70% of women understood the benefits of breast milk to babies, mothers and the family.

 

The aim of the celebrations remain…

▶️ Educating the public the benefits of breast milk to babies and mothers.

▶️ Encouraging exclusive breastfeeding for our women

▶️ The importance of breast feeding to women’s health.

 

Shortly, what are those benefits…

 

TO BABIES

1. It protects against allergies in about 42% of babies,

2. Reduce obesity in about 30% of babies .

It protects against type 1 diabetes in about 30% and type 2 diabetes in  about 40% of babies

3. Protect against child leukaemia (Cancer of the blood) in about 15 to 20% of babies .

4. It protects against infections, like ear infections, guts infections, colds, respiratory and ear infections in over 50% of babies.

5. It improves brain development and intelligence

6. It develops the babies immune system for a life time.

7. It is easily digested – no constipation, diarrhea or upset stomach.

 

TO MOTHERS

1. It helps with uterine contractions as oxytocin is release during breastfeeding

2. It reduces the risk of postpartum depression

3. It delays menstruation

4. It’s a period of natural family planning for the mother.

 

TO THE FAMILY

1. It creates a period of natural family planning for the couple.

2. It saves time for preparation, cleaning, calculation of accuracy and warming.

3. It saves money for  infant formula

4. The Fathers are happy bc there is more money in their pockets…

 

“When observed for the first six months after birth, exclusive breastfeeding helps in no small measure to reduce morbidity in children.

 

It is our collective responsibility as Health workers to give quality education and create the enabling environment for mothers to breastfeed optimally in the interest of the health of our children and mothers”. And we are trusting God and our Energetic MD for the provision of Staff Creche/Day care center

 

Limh management and Staff join the world in celebrating this year 2020 world breastfeeding week.

 

Join us on Saturday at 2pm for our webinar presentation.

 

Happy celebrations to us all.

Love from

Nursing/Nutrition and Dietetics Departments

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The foundation stone of the Lagos Island Maternity Hospital was laid by Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Gloucester on the 13th of May, 1959. The Hospital was formally declared open by Lady Robertson, wife of the then Governor-General of the Federation of Nigeria on the 20th July, 1960.

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