- 02 August 2019
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“Paid Maternity Leave For Mothers” – World Breastfeeding Week 2019
Day by day breastfeeding becoming a tough task in this modern era. Breastfeeding a baby in the very first hour after birth is essential. Unfortunately, in India, it continues to be a challenge because the achieved rate is only 41.6% whereas experts say that it has to be 75% on the eve of World Breastfeeding Week. The National Family Health survey says that the percentage of children in India below six months, whose breastfed is about 54% only. According to 2018 global breastfeeding rankings among the early initiation of breastfeeding countries, India is at 56th position out of 76 countries. This is because there were a lot of negative perceptions arising among family members and new mothers. Most of them thinking breast milk won’t be enough for the growth of their baby, breastfeeding may alter the appearance of mother, etc. Those are all subtle MYTHS. Here is a video for boosting your breast milk supply naturally if you feel so.
August 1st week is declared as World Breastfeeding Week in 1990 by government policymakers, WHO, UNICEF, and other organizations to create awareness about the importance of Breastfeeding and to support breastfeeding. On this world breastfeeding week 2019, we, Sunshine Hospitals and many other organizations came up with the theme “Paid Maternity Leave For Mothers.” Breastfeeding in their baby for the first six months is very important for both mother and child. This time creates a healthy bond between mother and child. So, working women should provide with paid maternity leave so that parents can nourish and provide quality care for their children. Organizations should also support to create an exceptional environment where mothers can breastfeed their babies optimally. Breastfeeding is the mother’s domain, and fathers, family members, workplaces, and other communities should support her so that breastfeeding improves.