Breastfeeding to Save Lives #FirstHour

In poor countries, breastfeeding can save lives. In the first hour of birth, breastfeeding helps baby’s immune system, which is a priority in areas where diseases are widespread. This first hour is a true lifesaver; babies nursed during this time are three times more likely to survive than if they are breastfed a day after birth.

Breastfeeding Saves Lives

Image Source – Save The Children

Save Our Children released a report, Superfood for Babies, about the barriers to breastfeeding and ways to overcome them. One important point is that “Breastfeeding is critical to preventing malnutrition and saving children’s lives in the developing world. Breastfeeding immediately after birth could help save 830,000 newborn babies from dying a year, and exclusive breastfeeding for six months could save even more babies and children.”

If breastfeeding can save lives, why are women in poor countries not nursing their babies?

Cultural Pressures – Many women cannot make their own choices, including how to feed their babies. Husbands or community do so.

Lack of Education – There’s a shortage of healthcare workers, who teach pregnant woman and help deliver babies. When these workers are involved, women are more likely to breastfeed especially during that critical first hour.

Lack of Maternity Laws – Even though it is known that breastfeeding saves lives, laws that support new mothers are nonexistent in many countries. Those that would help include maternity leave, financial assistance and workplace breastfeeding legislation.

Introduction of Baby Formula – There are international laws against free samples of formula, advertising and more, but some companies are finding ways around this or blatantly disregarding them.

Women everywhere should know about the health benefits and the joys of breastfeeding. I nursed both of my daughters, one for 3 months and the other for 13 months. I bonded with my babies and felt that natural high due to the endorphins released. It’s something I miss, even now (daughter 1 is 25, daughter 2 is 14).

Did you know that breastfeeding saves lives?

I am a part of the Global Team of 200 and Social Good Moms‘ 24-Hour Blogathon spreading the word about Save the Children’s new breastfeeding report, Superfood for Babies.

Very Important! Sign the petition urging Secretary Kerry to help mothers around the world get more support around breastfeeding and lifesaving nutrition for their babies.

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Comments

  1. I was just wondering what should be done to increase breastfeeding awareness in third world countries. I think this is something their government should work on, but again most developing countries have very corrupt governments who give little attention to the health sector.
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  2. Great information!! Thanks for sharing!

  3. education is key…

  4. Yes, education is so important! I am a huge proponent of breastfeeding. In total, I nursed for almost 7 1/2 years, divided between my 5 kids.
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  5. I’m a believer! Will share.

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  6. Such an important issue to bring up in developing nations. Important post.
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  7. Such good information. And even if a mom can’t continue to breastfeed, a week or month of breastmilk is better than none. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing.

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