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60% newborns not breastfed in one hour of birth

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 Rohit Shishodia
Breastfeeding within the first hour of birth is crucial for the baby’s survival and health. Surprisingly, three out of five babies in the world are not breastfed within the first hour of their life, reveal WHO and UNICEF in a new report.

The report points out that globally around seventy eight million babies are not breastfed within first hour of life and this poses serious health implications including death and a disease. Most of the babies who are not breastfed within the first hour are from low-and middle-income countries.

The data highlights that mother’s milk works also as the baby’s first vaccine. This can only be achieved by the skin-to-skin connection along with suckling at the breast that stimulates production of mother’s milk, including colostrums, also known as baby’s first vaccine.

Henrietta H Fore, Executive Director, UNICEF, says that timing of breastfeeding is everything. It can also be matter of life and death for the baby.

Fore points out that mothers do not get the required support for breastfeeding within the first hour of birth, even from the medical personnel at health facilities.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stressed on scaling support to mothers for breastfeeding, be it from family members, health care workers, employers and governments, so they can give their children the start they deserve.

The WHO informs that the breastfeeding rate within the first hour of birth is the lowest in East Asia and the Pacific.

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