JAMAICA is this week observing National Breastfeeding Week 2011 under the theme 'Talk to Me! Breastfeeding a 3-D Experience'. This year's theme focuses on the importance of ongoing communication, at all levels, for breastfeeding success.
Jamaica is also using the opportunity of the '3D' to stress three Ds associated with breastfeeding — Duration, balanced Diet, and Dollar saving.
Breastfeeding is the best nutritional start for infants. Breast milk has all the right nutrients, in correct proportions, to meet the infant's nutritional needs. Breast milk also has strong antiviral properties that fight bacteria and strengthen the infant's immune system. Studies have also shown that children who are properly breastfed are less likely to develop certain chronic conditions.
Did you know?
* Breastfeeding is the best nutritional start for infants.
* Breast milk has all the right nutrients, in correct proportions, to meet baby's nutritional needs.
* Breast milk also has strong antiviral properties that fight bacteria and strengthen the infant's immune system.
* Breastfed babies have fewer ear infections, which have been associated with hearing loss and learning delays.
* Breastfeeding enhances optimal brain development provided by nutrients and interaction.
* Breastfeeding protects babies from illnesses that can cause malnutrition, learning and hearing difficulties.
* Breastfeeding ensures frequent interaction and exposes baby to language, positive social behaviour and significant stimuli.
* Breastfeeding enables better visual development and eye focus leading to reading and learning readiness.
Babies should be exclusively breastfed — giving babies breast milk only, not even water — for the first six months. At six months, other foods should complement breastfeeding for up to two years or more.