How long should I breastfeed for UNICEF?
UNICEF and WHO recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life, starting within an hour of birth. Continuing to breastfeed exclusively – without any other food – for the first six months promotes sensory and cognitive development, and protects babies against infectious and chronic diseases.
WHO UNICEF breastfeeding recommendations?
WHO and UNICEF recommend that children initiate breastfeeding within the first hour of birth and be exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months of life – meaning no other foods or liquids are provided, including water. Infants should be breastfed on demand – that is as often as the child wants, day and night.
Why do you think UNICEF encourages mothers to breastfeed their children?
It also reduces the risk of breast cancer in the mother. “Breastfeeding saves lives. Its benefits help keep babies healthy in their first days and last well into adulthood,” says UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore.
WHO recommends breastfeeding for 2 years?
WHO and UNICEF recommend: early initiation of breastfeeding within 1 hour of birth; exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life; and. introduction of nutritionally-adequate and safe complementary (solid) foods at 6 months together with continued breastfeeding up to 2 years of age or beyond.
How are UNICEF and who helping to promote breastfeeding?
WHO and UNICEF today issued new ten-step guidance to increase support for breastfeeding in health facilities that provide maternity and newborn services. Breastfeeding all babies for the first two years would save the lives of more than 820 000 children under age 5 annually.
Is the national breastfeeding policy and Action Plan adopted?
Is the policy document adopted?: This policy aims to protect, support and promote exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life and thereafter for breastfeeding to continue with appropriate complementary feeding, taking into account the latest recommendations from WHO, UNICEF and the European Commission.
Who is the current Executive Director of UNICEF?
“Breastfeeding saves lives. Its benefits help keep babies healthy in their first days and last will into adulthood,” says UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore. “But breastfeeding requires support, encouragement and guidance.
When to stop breastfeeding, according to World Health Organisation?
Support for mothers to breastfeed exclusively for the first six months of life, as per World Health Organisation and UNICEF recommendations, and to continue breastfeeding for as long as they choose. Ensuring that all children have access to affordable, good quality childcare and early education.