Feb 23, 2011

Kenya: Exclusive Breastfeeding in First Six Months of Life Encouraged

AUTHOR:IRIN NEWSSOURCE:IRIN NEWS

HIV positive mothers who are on ARVs are encouraged to breastfeed their children for the first six months of their life. Because of scarce food and water resources breastfeeding is the most reliable way to ensure the health and nutrition of a child during its formative stages. Even so, many mothers believe that the milk that comes from their breasts is not sufficient for the nutrition of their baby because they themselves are not able to obtain an adequate amount of food. However, professional nutritionists dispute this assertion saying that the nutritional content of breast milk is not affected by how much food the mother takes in except in extreme cases of malnutrition. We at LfM believe in the dissemination of information to community members for the improvement of the health of both mothers and children. Click here to read full article.


Did you know?

Children who have lost their mothers are up to 10 times more likely to die prematurely than those who have not.

Source:United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), 2010


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