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Azerbaijan celebrates Breastfeeding Week

Ministry of Health and UNICEF joint forces to promote exclusive breastfeeding

Baku, October 2, 2017 – Exclusive breastfeeding is the best way to offer the newborn adequate nutrition for health and development – this is the underlying message of the National Breastfeeding Week that is celebrated in Azerbaijan the first week of October 2017.

The Ministry of Health and UNICEF joined forces this year to produce a number of communication materials, including animated TV PSA, radio PSA, posters, fliers, in addition to organizing special events promoting breastfeeding.

This year’s celebration emphasizes the role that every member of society can play to raise awareness about breastfeeding – a natural and nurturing start to life for infants and mothers.

Chief pediatrician of the Ministry of Health Nasib Guliyev noted that breastfeeding ensures children’s health in the highest level and enhances body resistance to the adverse effects of external environment. Protein, fat, carbohydrates, enzymes, vitamins and minerals contained in the breat milk meet all needs of the first 6 months of a child life.    

Chief pediatrician underlined that breastfeeding also has a positive effect on mother’s health. It reduces the likelihood of postpartum haemorrhage and anaemia, and protects breast and ovarian tissues from various tumours, as well as reduces the risk of another pregnancy in the first 6 months.   

 ”Exclusive breastfeeding is one of the foundations from which healthy children and healthy nations grow,” said UNICEF Representative to Azerbaijan Edward Carwardine. “A healthy baby is more likely to become a healthy child, and a healthy child is more likely to become a healthy adult, who is more likely to build a prosperous nation – so everyone who loves this country and wants it to continue to grow successfully should add their voice to this campaign.”

Evidence shows that breastfeeding has cognitive and health benefits for both infants and their mothers. It is especially critical during the first six months of life, helping prevent diarrhoea and pneumonia, two major causes of death in infants. Mothers who breastfeed have a reduced risk of ovarian and breast cancer, two leading causes of death among women.



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