Breast is Best!
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