Press conference “Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life”
Adolescents and adults who were breastfed have less chance to be overweight or to have obesity
BISHKEK, 1 August 2018 – Ministry of Health of the KR and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will conduct a press conference on World Breastfeeding Week at Informational Agency “Kabar”. The slogan of the World Breastfeeding Week 2018 is “Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life”. During this week all over the world different events are taken place to reinforce the importance of protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding.
World Breastfeeding week is celebrated on 1-7 August in more than 170 countries to facilitate breastfeeding and improve child’s health all over the world. For the first time the Breastfeeding week was celebrated in 1991 to protect and support exclusive breastfeeding in the first six months of life.
There is a law in Kyrgyzstan, which protects breastfeeding called “Protection of breastfeeding of children and regulation of marketing of milk substitute products for children”. This law was adopted in 2008. Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic in cooperation with partners and the civil society implement a policy of improving breastfeeding and nutrition practices in the early childhood: breastfeeding in the first hour of life, exclusive breastfeeding in the first six months, introducing solid food at sixth months and continue breastfeeding combined with solid foods for two years. Breastfeeding for two years and proper nutrition from six months are the main interventions that need to be done to prevent infant and child mortality.
Breastfeeding is the best way to give babies all the necessary nutrients and antibodies, which provide a vital shield of protection against disease, such as diarrhea and pneumonia. WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding during the first six months of a baby’s life and continue breastfeeding until the age of two with proper solid foods.
“Breastfeeding is the ideal food for newborns and infants. Adolescents and adults who were breastfed have less chance to be overweight or to have obesity, they demonstrate better IQ test results. Breastfeeding is good for mothers as well as for children. It lowers risk of breast and ovarian cancer later in life, the risk of diabetes and postpartum depression”, said Yukie Mokuo UNICEF representative in Kyrgyzstan.
Improving breastfeeding practices globally could save the lives of more than 820,000 children every year. There are only 40% of children under six months who are exclusively breastfed.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children in Kyrgyzstan, visit www.unicef.org/kyrgyzstan.