Speakers further stressed the need for breast feeding facilities at workplaces for working mothers
Bangladesh Breastfeeding Foundation Chairperson Prof S K Roy, at the inauguration of World Breastfeeding Week 2018 at the Krishibid Institute on Wednesday, said 45% of mothers in the country were not breastfeeding their children.
“Only 55% of mothers exclusively breastfeed their children in Bangladesh. To increase this ratio, we have to make mothers aware that there is no alternative to breast milk, and formula milk is not a comparison,” the professor said.
The slogan for this year’s World Breastfeeding Week is “Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life.” The World Health Organization has set a target to ensure that 90% of mothers breastfeed their offspring.
Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammed Nasim said: “Breast milk benefits both infant and mother. With breast milk, mothers can combat cancer, reduce the risk of jaundice, stunting, malnutrition, and childhood diabetes. Breast milk fulfills all the child’s nutritional needs.”
He also emphasized the need for cooperation between government and non-governmental organizations, to increase awareness of the benefits of breast milk, as well as the disadvantages of formula milk.
Speakers further stressed the need for breast feeding facilities at workplaces for working mothers.
Acting secretary of Health, Education and Family Planning GM Saleh Uddin asked mothers not to deprive their children by serving formula milk “in the name of being modern.”
Director General for Family Planning Kazi Mustafa Sarwar, and Health Services Division Secretary Sirajul Haque Khan among others, also spoke at the inauguration.