Exclusive Breastfeeding starting within one hour after birth urged

As part of the World Breastfeeding Week, a workshop was held at The Indus Hospital, Sheikh Saeed Memorial Campus, Korangi, Karachi to educate and train new mothers, mid wives and obstetrics & gynaecology nurses and residents about the importance of breastfeeding.

Children who are breastfed have reduced risk of acute and chronic illness and improved cognitive outcomes, resulting in higher educational achievement and earning potential compared with non-breastfed children. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that infants be exclusively breastfed for six months, including initiation within the first hour of life, and that they are continue to breastfeed for up to two years or beyond. Breast milk provides the ideal nutrition for infant. It has a nearly perfect mix of vitamins, protein, and fat.

Senior Consultants from Obstetrics & Gynaecology Department – Dr. Ayesha Wali, Dr Shagufta Tahir and Dr Seema Zafar TIH, demonstrated how new mothers should breast feed the infants.