Why Khloe Kardashian can't breastfeed her baby

Desiree Burns
August 9, 2018

In addition, the department will also undertake further recruitment and training of infant feeding counsellors (IFC) at clinics.

Clean your breasts and nipples properly to avoid any breast-feeding-related infections.

According to United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), it is described as the cornerstone of care for childhood development and the gold standard of infant feeding as it provides all the nutrients that a child needs for the first six months of life. Breastfeeding is one of the key interventions for building the foundation of healthy development during this period.

Provision of mother's milk to babies within one hour of birth is referred to as "early initiation of breastfeeding" and ensures that the infant receives colostrum which is rich in protective factors. Globally, the breastfeeding rate now stands at 40%.

A group of experts at the launch of the report highlighted the need to spread awareness on the importance of breastfeeding in the first six months.

The report shows that there has been an improvement since 2008.

World Health Organization recommends that all mothers, regardless of their HIV status, practise exclusive breastfeeding which means no other liquids or food are given in the first six months.

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'We're making progress, but it's a hard journey. "Apart from the child, breastfeeding has important benefits for the health of mothers", says Dr. Sachin Jain, Consultant Neonaatologist, Columbia Asia Hospital, Gurgaon.

"We must urgently scale up support to mothers - be it from family members, health care workers, employers and governments, so they can give their children the start they deserve".

Breastfeeding also has a positive effect on the mother.

'Malnutrition, food insecurity and poverty affect millions worldwide and this stands in the way of sustainable development. The city's Maternal, Child, Women and Man's health manager, Thembane Masina, has encouraged exclusive breastfeeding by both HIV negative or positive mothers.

One way breastfeeding can boost a baby's health is by warding off food allergies. He based his summation of the FOAD Hypothesis (Fatal origin of adult disease) which is premised on the fact that environmental factors particularly nutrition, act in early life to program risks for cardiovascular and metabolic diseases in adult life. Those who breastfed their child have a lower risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer as well as heart disease or osteoporosis. Although there's no doubt that safe infant formula is essential for some families, we also need to acknowledge that the industry's aim is to increase market share, not to promote infant health.

"While some progress has been made, there continues to be a gap between policies and the implementation thereof".

The 33-year-old mother took to Twitter, explaining how she desperately wanted to breastfeed her baby but struggled.

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