Breast is Best!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - All the con­ve­nience of a por­ta­ble meal.

Breast is Best" is the mes­sage the nurs­ing and nu­tri­tion depart­ments of the Min­istry of Health and Well­ness con­tinue to drive home to preg­nant women and nurs­ing moth­ers.

Ex­clu­sively breast­feed­ing a baby for the first six months of its life is pro­moted as the most com­pre­hen­sive source of nu­tri­tion for the baby and in the best in­ter­ests of the mother.

An ex­clu­sive breast­feed­ing sen­si­ti­za­tion work­shop was con­ducted at the En­tre­pot Well­ness Cen­tre as part of ac­tiv­i­ties in recog­ni­tion of World Breast Feed­ing Week, Au­gust 1st - 7th.

Nu­tri­tional Of­fi­cer Mary Anna Gas­pard-Phillip stated that when other foods are in­tro­duced to the in­fant at an early stage it may ad­versely af­fect their growth and de­vel­op­ment.

The Nu­tri­tional Of­fi­cer noted, “A tighter bond is cre­ated be­tween mother and baby dur­ing breast­feed­ing, which has psy­cho­log­i­cal ben­e­fits for the baby as well, as op­posed to be­ing bot­tle-fed. Breast milk has an­ti­bod­ies that help pro­tect ba­bies from many ill­nesses. It also con­tains fatty acids which helps ba­bies' brains and eyes to de­velop prop­erly. Breast milk also lowers the risk of Sud­den In­fant Death Syn­drome (SIDS) which is the un­ex­plained sud­den death of a baby un­der one year of age.”

Gas­pard-Phillip also high­lighted the eco­nomic sav­ing at­tached to breast­feed­ing: “When you look at the fam­ily and the in­come per fam­ily, the money that is spent on in­fant for­mula can very well be spent on other foods and other ar­eas to take care of the fam­ily." She also in­di­cated that 15-20% of the av­er­age house­hold in­come

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