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Traditional and modern ways of breastfeeding

By: Naa Anyema Collison

World Breastfeeding Week is an annual celebration held every year from August 1 to 7 in over 120 countries.

World Health Organisation states breastfeeding as one of the most effective ways to ensure child health and survival. This year, the theme for breastfeeding week is ‘Protect Breastfeeding: A Shared Responsibility.’

The World Breastfeeding Week is observed every year from 1 -7 August to generate awareness among new parents and enhance the health of infants worldwide. The awareness programme began in August 1990 by governments as well as specialised UN bodies of World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), among others to take action about breastfeeding.

Initiation of breastfeeding within the first hour of birth followed by exclusive breastfeeding for six months and continued breastfeeding for up to two years or beyond offer a powerful line of defence against all forms of child malnutrition, including wasting and obesity. World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) occurs annually on the first week of August and represents a global celebration of breastfeeding efforts including breastfeeding promotion, support, education, research, progressive trends and normalizing breastfeeding as the gold standard of infant nutrition


While there has been progressing in breastfeeding rate in the last four decades – with a 50% increase in the prevalence of exclusive breastfeeding globally – the Covid-19 pandemic highlights the fragility of those gains,” To commemorate the week-long celebrations I choose to explore traditional and Modern ways of breastfeeding.

Cecilia is a staff of Amalina Children Haven and a good friend of mine, she showed me different types of breast pumping kits.


She told me that there are no health implications unless the breast is poorly kept.

pumping can offer similar benefits, although not identical, to providing breast milk directly from the breast. Cecilia advised that despite the insurgents of technological advancements we should not forget our traditional way


Breast milk is the natural food for infants, and pumping can offer similar benefits, although not identical, to providing breast milk directly from the breast. Both breastfeeding and giving a baby pumped breast milk offer extensive health benefits.

Pumping and breastfeeding also require a significant commitment from the person providing the milk. There is no right or wrong answer, and it is important to consider the effects of each way of feeding on both the woman and the baby.

Source: Adoanewsonline.com

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