By Elizabeth Kimani-Murage, Brown University
Breastfeeding has both short-term and long-term nutritional benefits for children. Nutrition is central to sustainable development. Good nutrition in the first 1000 days of a child’s life is critical for child growth, well being and survival, and future productivity.
The World Health Organisation recommends exclusive breastfeeding for children until they are six months old and continued breastfeeding with appropriate complementary feedings until children are two, for optimal growth and development.
What Kenya did right
Kenya has seen a remarkable growth in exclusive breastfeeding for children under six months old. In 2003 only 13% of mothers were breastfeeding exclusively. This year, according to the National Demographic and Health Survey, 61% of mothers of children aged less than six months were breastfeeding exclusively.
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This week Social Good Moms’ members share their best breastfeeding advice. See previous advice and stories from our World Breastfeeding Week series.
Be kind to yourself, it’s not always perfectly easy! Don’t be afraid to ask for help and guidance. – Lisa, @aboutproximity
I didn’t think I could breastfeed, but a little music to help baby and I relax made it no problem at all. – Amethyst Moon, @Amethyst_M
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This week Social Good Moms’ members will share their best breastfeeding advice. Today’s advice is from Chris. Follow her at chrisgharmon.
Relax. Breastfeeding isn’t always easy at first (or maybe not even ever). Don’t let anyone else dictate it for you. Find a rhythm that works for you and your baby. And don’t let pressure from others (from any viewpoint) make you feel that you’re doing it wrong.
This post was originally published today on the World Vision USA’s blog.
When I visit low- and middle-income countries like Ethiopia, Zambia, the Philippines, and Tanzania, I am always heartened by the number of mothers I see breastfeeding their babies. Breastfeeding for so many of these mothers is the best and most affordable way for them to nourish their babies. While every mother does not breastfeed to be sure, the sheer number of mothers I see breastfeeding at local clinics, while walking with their baby strapped to them or taking a break on a city bench, gives me hope.
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