Of Breastfeeding does not talk much in general, much less in those days, dominated the news about the London Olympics and the usual bleak reported on the economic crisis. Yet it is in progress, and from August 1 to 7, the World Breastfeeding week is celebrated in more than 170 countries worldwide. Breastfeeding is not an Olympic sport and not a matter of fashion, although many of the consider this. E ‘but the natural method of choice for feeding the baby and often save their lives.

Promote Breastfeeding

Was enacted 20 years ago the Innocenti Declaration, at the hands of ‘ WHO (World Health Organization) and of ‘Unicef ​​which had as its objectives the creation of a global strategic alliance for the ‘ infant feeding and children, which was finally set up in 2002 and since the beginning conceptual provided for the promotion and protection of breastfeeding. An important step at a time (the nineties), which was giving a big space to ‘artificial feeding, also and especially as an alternative to breast milk, from the first days of the child’s life. Certain statements have been rooted and still feel repeat: breastfeeding makes you fat, breast collapses and the like. News is not true for most women, but that certainly has nothing to do with the health of children , in this regard, still says that the formula grow better. In fact, many scientific comparison, in the last twenty years have confirmed that the best solution for babies is breast-feeding, if possible.


Guidelines on breastfeeding

Is not always possible to breastfeed, and in such cases it is essential to replace the breast milk with the artificial, that can be provided also as an addition. But where there are no specific health conditions of the mother and child, the best choice is the natural one, of breastfeeding. UNICEF and WHO recommend that children begin breastfeeding within one hour of life, are exclusively breastfed for six months, timely introduction of adequate, safe and gradual complementary foods, from that age, but continued breastfeeding up to two years of age or older. Then? Nothing outrageous long in breastfeeding children older than 24 months!

The importance of breastfeeding

The Malnutrition is responsible, directly or indirectly, approximately one third of deaths among children under five. Essentially we are talking about numbers that come from so-called third world, but a poor diet is not the exclusive prerogative of the poor. More than two-thirds of these deaths, it is often associated with practices of power inadequate that occur during the first year of life. ” Nutrition and food during the first years of life are both crucial to the health and welfare of children. Nell ‘infancy, no gift is more precious than breastfeeding, yet barely one in three infants exclusively breastfed within the first six months of life, “says the WHO web site. Breastfeeding is also an integral part of the reproductive process with important implications for maternal health: the well-known security on breast cancer for example.