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Breastfeeding helps a child develop and grow strong and healthy

Breastfeeding for two years of age or longer helps a child to develop and grow strong and healthy.

Exclusive breastfeeding allows the baby to have only breast milk for the first six months. This is one the World Health Organisation key messages for mothers. Breastfeeding is also good for the mother, not just the baby.

FV Hospital is supporting the World Breastfeeding Week from 1 – 7 August 2016 with different activities.

ACTIVITIES AT THE DISPLAY AREA

Venue: Indochine Lobby, FV Hospital

Time: 1 – 5 August 2016

  • Photography
  • Questions & answers
  • Information on breast milk and breastfeeding

BREASTFEEDING WORKSHOP

Keynote speakers: Obstetricians of FV Hospital

Venue: Auditorium, Level 3, Building F, FV Hospital

Time for visitors:

  • 10:00 – 10:30 and 14:00 – 14:30, 2 August 2016
  • 10:00 – 10:30 and 14:00 – 14:30, 4 August 2016

Time for staffs:

  • 12:30 – 13:30, 3 August 2016
  • 12:30 – 13:30, 5 August 2016

WHY BREASTFEEDING?

Breast milk is filled with the vitamins and nutrients that your baby needs to grow and be healthy. It builds your baby’s immune system and helps brain development.

Breast milk is easier to digest than formula – it is associated with less vomiting and diarrhea.

Breast milk changes as your baby grows, adjusting to his or her needs.

Breastfed babies are less likely to have asthma, ear infections, allergies, and diabetes. They are also less likely to become obese.

Breastfeeding reduces the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

BREASTFEEDING ALSO GOOD FOR THE MOTHER

Breastfeeding helps your body recover from pregnancy and labour, for instance helping to shrink your uterus back to size and reducing any bleeding after childbirth.

Breastfeeding burns about 500 calories a day, so you lose any weight you gained during pregnancy more easily.

Breastfeeding lowers the risk of ovarian cancer and some forms of breast cancer.

Breastfeeding strengthens bones, protecting you against osteoporosis later.

Breastfeeding may help ward off depression. It makes you feel relaxed and more confident.

BREASTFEEDING IMPROVES MOTHER-INFANT BONDING

Breastfeeding helps mothers and babies to feel especially close. Mom enjoys the special bonding time and the break that breastfeeding gives her during the busy early days. Baby is held close and cuddled, skin-to-skin, so he or she feels calmer and more secure.