Guinea-Bissau is celebrating the Breastfeeding Month from August 1-31, 2019 | Benefits

It’s never too early to start thinking about how you’re going to feed your baby. But you do not have to make up your mind until your baby is born.

World Breastfeeding Week 2019 was held August 1-7 under the motto “Empowering Mothers, Fostering Breastfeeding”.

In Guinea-Bissau, it was chosen to celebrate National Breastfeeding Month from August 1-31, 2019.

Thus , Empowering Mothers and Parents, Fostering Breastfeeding. In our country, breastfeeding tends to be exclusive until 6 months of age and extend until 2 years of age.The official launch of Breastfeeding Month took place in Bula, Cacheu Region, on August 10th.

Breastfeeding and making breast milk also has health benefits for women. The more they breastfeed, the greater the benefits.

The Benefits of Breastfeeding for women :

* your breast milk is perfectly designed for your baby

* breast milk protects your baby from infections and diseases

* breastfeeding provides health benefits for you

* breast milk is available for your baby whenever your baby needs it

* breastfeeding can build a strong emotional bond between you and your baby

* Breastfeeding lowers your risk of:

* breast cancer

* ovarian cancer

* osteoporosis (weak bones)

* cardiovascular disease

* obesity

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Formula milk does not provide the same protection from illness and does not give you any health benefits.

Health benefits of breastfeeding for your baby :

Breastfeeding has long-term benefits for your baby, lasting right into adulthood.

Any amount of breast milk has a positive effect. The longer you breastfeed, the longer the protection lasts and the greater the benefits.

Breastfeeding reduces your baby’s risk of:

* infections, with fewer visits to hospital as a result

* diarrhoea and vomiting, with fewer visits to hospital as a result

* sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)

* childhood leukaemia

* obesity

* cardiovascular disease in adulthood

Giving nothing but breast milk is recommended for about the first 6 months (26 weeks) of your baby’s life.

After that, giving your baby breast milk alongside family foods for as long as you and your baby want will help them grow and develop healthily.

Breast milk adapts as your baby grows to meet your baby’s changing needs.

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