World Breastfeeding Week Celebration at Fortis Bannerghatta Road

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Bangalore: Ahead of Breastfeeding week which is observed between August 1 to 7, experts say that it is the normal way of providing young infants with nutrients they need for healthy growth and development.

Breastfeeding is the normal way of providing young infants with the nutrients they need for healthy growth and development. Nearly all mothers can breastfeed if they have accurate information and awareness on the health benefits of breastfeeding for the infants.

The recent data released by National Family Health Survey 4 (NFHS-4) shows that despite rise in the organized delivery as to nearly 79% nationally, the number of children breastfed within one hour of birth is less than 42%. The data also highlights that India ranks lowest among South Asian countries, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in breastfeeding practices, with only 44 per cent women able to breastfeed their babies within one hour of delivery.