Volume 7 Issue 9 - 2018
Breastfeeding: The Birth Right of Baby
Manjubala Dash*
Professor in Nursing, Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, Mother Theresa Post Graduate and Research Institute of Health Sciences, Pondicherry, India
*Corresponding Author: RManjubala Dash, Professor in Nursing, Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, Mother Theresa Post Graduate and Research Institute of Health Sciences, Pondicherry, India.
Received: July 23, 2018; Published: August 07, 2018
Citation: Manjubala Dash. “Breastfeeding: The Birth Right of Baby”. EC Paediatrics 7.9 (2018): 823-825.
Breastfeeding is the traditional practice in India as well as globally. It is often presented as a natural practice, sadly corrupted and curtailed by cultures. Breastfeeding is presented as the best practice for mothers and babies. Exclusive breastfeeding practice for 6 months of age and continue feeding for 2 years and beyond as recommended practice said by WHO and UNICEF need to be practiced by all the mothers for betterment of the health of baby.
Breastfeeding is nearly universal in India and other South East Asian countries. But on the contrary to the recommendations of WHO only 2/3rd of children less than 6 months of age are exclusively breast fed. Numerous barriers to breastfeeding like lack of accurate information and lack of appropriate knowledge among the population in general have been identified. According to a study, a major barrier to successful in hospital breast-feeding is inconsistency in information and nursery practices related to breastfeeding management. There is adequate growth and development of the baby with optimal breastfeeding practices also there is evidence that breastfeeding is the only and one of the best food for the newborn and infant which helps to prevent malnutrition. It is important to follow the guideline and follow the optimal infant feeding practices. IYCF guidelines in India recommend that a baby should be exclusively breastfed till 6 months and should receive breast milk minimum till 2 years of age.
Though it’s a natural process, breastfeeding success has many hurdles like breast engorgement, mastitis, inadequate milk supply, working mothers, NICU admissions of neonates etc. For example, problems of latching are seen in 54.8% of cases and problems for initiation of breast feeding are present in 5.65% in a study conducted by Ram C., et al. 2011. Hence it is considered that education programme is required for all the mothers to have successful initiation and continuation of breastfeeding.
Copyright: © 2018 Manjubala Dash. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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