Islamabad: Pakistan must do more to save children from stunting, wasting and other nutrition-related problems. Investment in breastfeeding support must be scaled up through a collective effort involving all relevant stakeholders.
Views to this effect were echoed during an advocacy seminar on breastfeeding practices, organized by the nutrition wing of the Ministry of National Health Services in collaboration with UNICEF and other partner organizations. , including the World Food Program and the World Health Organization, here on Thursday.
Dr. Qibla Ayaz, Chairman of the Islamic Ideology Council of Pakistan, was the guest of honour. He was accompanied by UNICEF Deputy Representative Dr Inoussa Kabore, Director General of Health Dr Shabana, journalist Yawar Abbas and doctors Syeda Batool Mazhar, Maqbool Hussain and Dr Saba Shuja.
The objective of the event was to raise public awareness of the importance of breastfeeding and to share precise messages, in particular with reference to the interest of exclusive breastfeeding for six months. The session also highlighted the challenges that prevent mothers from practicing optimal breastfeeding.
“Evidence shows that around 22% of newborn deaths can be prevented if breastfeeding is initiated within the first hour after birth,” said Dr Baseer Khan Achakzai. “A mother who breastfeeds lowers the risk of developing breast cancer. He said: “Breastfeeding substitute laws must be enacted to reduce the indiscriminate use of infant formula.
Dr. Qibla Ayyaz shed light on exclusive breastfeeding in the light of Islamic preachings, examples from the childhood of Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) and verses from the Holy Quran. He said the Quran also talks about breastfeeding your children for two years.
Dr Inoussa Kabore called on governments, donors, civil society, religious leaders, media and the private sector to step up their efforts to protect, promote and support breastfeeding by prioritizing investments in breastfeeding support. ‘feeding with milk. Dr. Shabana thanked the participants for their support of the cause. She said, “The ministry will support all initiatives aimed at improving lives and standards for achieving good health.”
Yawar said the media can play a pivotal role in promoting breastfeeding by delivering accurate messages and raising awareness of its benefits. He said the use of social media is of paramount importance in today’s world. Breastfeeding is one of the most important public health interventions. It’s perfect, all natural, 100% nutritionally balanced and totally cost effective. It has profound benefits that extend beyond childhood. Immediate and exclusive breastfeeding is essential for achieving many of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Breastfeeding improves nutrition, prevents infant mortality, lowers the risk of non-communicable diseases and supports cognitive development and education.
NNS 2018 data shows that about 4-5 in 10 mothers in the country start breastfeeding within the first hour and exclusively breastfeed their newborns for six months, an inevitable requirement to protect children from health and nutrition problems. .