In the framework of the World breastfeeding week from 1 to August 7, 2016 in all regions of the country held a National week theme "breastfeeding is more than just food".
The purpose of the event: promotion of breastfeeding, prevention of illness in young children, support for pregnant women and nursing mothers.
In the framework of the National week will be organized and conducted consultations for expectant and nursing mothers about benefits of breastfeeding; seminars, trainings, master classes, lectures and discussions in schools of preparation for childbirth, family planning, young mothers, studies healthy child about the importance of breastfeeding for the health of future generations.
It should be noted, that in Kazakhstan has created regional training centers for improving the effectiveness of perinatal care and integrated management of childhood illnesses. Thanks to the introduction of these technologies by 14% decreased the number of cases of pneumonia, coverage of exclusive breast-feeding to 6 months was 84%. The introduction of standards for childcare recommended by WHO, improved diagnosis of the diseases of childhood.
Breastfeeding is the ideal way of providing infants with the nutrients necessary for healthy growth, development and formation of immunity.
Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended during the first 6 months, then along with appropriate complementary foods continue breastfeeding up to 2 years or older. However, many infants do not receive optimal nutrition. Worldwide, on average, only 38% of children under the age of 6 months is exclusively breastfed.
Breast milk promotes sensory and cognitive development. It protects the infant against infectious and chronic diseases. Exclusive breastfeeding reduces the mortality of infants, caused by such common childhood illnesses as diarrhea, pneumonia and helps for a quicker recovery.
We remind, the World breastfeeding week is held annually at the initiative of the World Health Organization (further - WHO). The reason for its establishment was the adoption in 1990 Innochentish Declaration of WHO and UNICEF, aimed at protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding.