‘Breast milk is a baby’s first vac­cine’

Lesotho Times - - News - Lim­pho Sello

LE­SOTHO could sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce the num­ber of in­fants who are dy­ing from com­mon child­hood dis­eases if moth­ers ad­hered to ex­clu­sive breast­feed­ing in the first six months from birth.

This was said by Deputy Health Min­is­ter Lite­boho Kompi yes­ter­day dur­ing Breast­feed­ing Week com­mem­o­ra­tions held in Ha-khola, Mafeteng. World Breast­feed­ing Week is cel­e­brated ev­ery year from 1 to 7 Au­gust to en­cour­age breast­feed­ing and im­prove the health of ba­bies around the world.this year, the com­mem­o­ra­tions were held un­der the theme: “Breast Feed­ing: A key to Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment.”

Ms Kompi said the ad­van­tages of breast­feed­ing ex­clu­sively were well doc­u­mented as breast milk con­tained anti-bac­te­rial and anti-vi­ral agents as well as high lev­els of Vi­ta­min A that pro­tected in­fants against dis­eases.

“We want to en­sure chil­dren grow up healthy, hence our en­cour­age­ment for moth­ers to breast­feed their ba­bies. It is through breast­feed­ing that we can achieve our goal of rear­ing healthy chil­dren in Le­sotho who can con­trib­ute to eco­nomic growth,” she said.

The deputy min­is­ter said giv­ing a child his or her mother’s milk only for the first six months af­ter birth en­sured bet­ter health, both men­tally and phys­i­cally. She said it was also cost ef­fec­tive be­cause the mother would not have to worry about buy­ing baby for­mula and use the money to buy other things.

“A child who was breast­fed is more likely to do well at school and be­come an as­set to their fam­ily and coun­try. That is why we need en­cour­age women to breast feed their chil­dren,” added Ms Kompi.

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