Jamshoro, August 08, 2019 (PPI-OT): To mark the “World Breast Feeding Week” which falls between 1st to 7th August every year, a Seminar was arranged by the Department of Paediatrics LUMHS Jamshoro on 7th August 2019 at Liaquat University Hospital Hyderabad. While addressing the participants, the Vice Chancellor LUMHS Prof. Bikha Ram Devrajani expressed that Breast milk provides an ideal nutrition for infants.
It has a nearly perfect mix of vitamins, protein, and fat, everything a baby needs to grow and it’s all provided in a form more easily digested than infant formula milks. Breast milk contains antibodies that help a baby fight off viruses and bacteria. Breastfeeding lowers baby’s risk of having asthma or allergies. Plus, babies who are breastfed exclusively for atleast the first 6 months, without any other milk formula, have fewer ear infections, respiratory illnesses, and bouts of diarrhea. They also have fewer hospitalizations and trips to the doctor.
Prof. of Paediatrics LUMHS Madam Salma Shaikh expressed that the first 1000 days of a baby’s life, from the first day of pregnancy up to 2 years of life, represent a critical period of growth and development and gives the parents an opportunity to provide an environment that will help support baby’s lifelong health. This includes the nutrition a baby receives during this period which can have a resounding impact. The most complete form of nutrition for infants, breast milk, offers a range of benefits for health, growth, immunity, and development.
The World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding exclusively for at least six months and even up to two years and beyond, because of the long lasting benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and her baby. Many studies, whether focusing on the properties of the mother’s milk itself or its effects on babies short and long term health, confirm the significance of these recommendations.
Director General Health Services Sindh Dr. Masood Ahmad Solangi and Medical Superintendent Liaquat University Hospital Hyderabad/Jamshoro Dr. Mubeen Ahmad Memon also expressed their views on the benefits of Breast Feeding.
For more information, contact:
Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences (LUMHS)
Administration Block, Deh Soun Valhar, Jamshoro, Pakistan
Postal Code: 76090
Phone: +92-22-9213305, +92-22-9213307