Nation observed World Breastfeeding Week starting from August 01 until August 07 across the country with theme “Protect Breastfeeding: A Shared Responsibility.”
Health Minister Mr. Zahid Maleque joined the inaugural function of the breastfeeding week virtually.
World Breastfeeding Week is being successfully observed in Bangladesh in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, National Nutrition Service, Institute Public Health Nutrition, Bangladesh Breastfeeding Foundation (BBF) and other partner organizations.
Secretary of Health Education Division Md Ali Nur, Director General of Health Service (DGHS) Prof Dr Abul Bashar Mohammad Khurshid Alam, Director General of Family Planning (DGFP) Ms. Shahan Ara Banu and Line Director, National Nutrition Services Dr. S M Mustafizur Rahman, among others, addressed the function with Secretary of Health Service Division Lokman Hossain Mian in the chair.
While addressing the function, Health Minister Mr. Zahid Maleque said there is no alternative to promoting breastfeeding to build a healthy nation.
The minister said infants should be given first breast milk as it contains colostrums, which is highly nutritious and has antibodies that protect the newborn from diseases. Infants must be given first breast milk as it makes their body’s immune and resistance systems strong which help to protect them from different diseases, he added.
“Breastfeeding to infants within one-hour after their birth can reduce 31 percent infant mortality rate while 13 percent child mortality rate can be reduced through breastfeeding till six-month-old,” Zahid Maleque added.
Other speakers stressed the need for launching intensive campaign to
educate people on appropriate complementary feeding practices alongside breastfeeding for maintaining normal nutritional status of children.
After six month age of babies, they must be given complementary feeding side by side breastmilk, they added.
On the occasion of World Breastfeeding Week 2021, National Nutrition Service, Institute Public Health Nutrition, Health Services Division, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Bangladesh Breastfeeding Foundation have undertaken various programs across the country which will be observed throughout the month.