ISLAMABAD – National Commission on the Rights of Child (NCRC) on Monday said breastfeeding decreases the risk of mothers developing breast cancer and it could avert 20,000 maternal deaths each year caused due to the disease.
A statement issued by NCRC said that it promotes better health for mothers and children alike. Breastfeeding decreases the risk of mothers developing breast cancer, ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.
It said that according to the WHO, exclusive breastfeeding during the first six months of a baby’s life and continued breastfeeding until the age of two with proper solid foods can guarantee a healthy life of a child.
Research worldwide claims that improving breastfeeding practices globally could save the lives of more than 820,000 children every year. There are only 40% of children fewer than six months who are exclusively breastfed.
The statement said that the federal and provincial governments have enacted legislation on protection and promotion of breastfeeding and child nutrition but there are issues of implementation.
According to the WHO, in Pakistan only 37.7% of mothers practise “exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months.” Statistics suggested that 44 per cent of Pakistani children are stunted.
The World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) 2021 theme protect breastfeeding: a shared responsibility is denoting how breastfeeding is indispensable for the survival, health and wellbeing of all.
The theme also acknowledges that although support at the individual level is very important, breastfeeding must be considered a public health issue that requires investment at all levels.