World Breastfeeding Week

World Breastfeeding Week

World Breastfeeding Week

World Breastfeeding Week
Mother’s milk most crucial for baby, provides protection against 
diseases, says Dr Sunil Agrawal
Chandigarh, August 8, 2022: Motherhood is a transforming experience and brings new meaning to a 
woman’s life. Mother’s milk contains essential proteins, fats, vitamins, and carbohydrates, which protect 
the baby from infection and disease.
To encourage the practice of breastfeeding, World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated from August 1-7 
every year across the globe. The theme of World Breastfeeding Week-2022 is “Step Up for 
Breastfeeding: Educate and Support”.
Dr Sunil Kumar Agrawal, Neonatologist, Fortis Hospital Mohali, in an advisory explains the benefits of 
mother’s milk and significance of breastfeeding babies.
Discussing the issue, Dr Agrawal, said, “Breastfeeding is of paramount importance and is considered as 
the first vaccine for a baby. Babies have low immunity and are prone to infections. Mother’s milk 
comprises essential nutrients which act as a barrier against several diseases and provides ideal nutrition. 
Breastfeeding provides antibodies and boosts immunity, promotes baby’s healthy weight, lowers risk of 
Type I and II diabetes, reduces chances of cancer, lymphomas, allergies, eczema, and asthma. Babies 
who are breastfed are less likely to suffer from diarrhoea, cold and flu. This practice also helps build an 
emotional connect between a mother and child.”
How much is beneficial for babies?
Stating that mother’s milk is easily digestible, Dr Agrawal, added, “Newborns should be given breast milk 
about 8–12 times per day during the first month. The World Health Organisation recommends mother’s 
milk should be started within the first hour of birth, and then given exclusively for the first six months of 
life. This is followed by continued breastfeeding with appropriate complementary foods for up to two 
years and beyond.”
How does it help mothers?
Breastfeeding babies not only improves the well-being of lactating mothers, but also lowers the risk of 
developing disease such as breast cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, uterine cancer 
and ovarian cancer, besides rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.