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    World Breastfeeding Week 2019

    World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from 1 to 7 August to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world.

    It commemorates the Innocenti Declaration signed in August 1990 by government policymakers, WHO, UNICEF and other organizations to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.

    Breastfeeding promotes better health for mothers and children alike. Increasing breastfeeding to near-universal levels could save more than 800 000 lives every year, the majority being children under 6 months. Breastfeeding decreases the risk of mothers developing breast cancer, ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. It is estimated that increased breastfeeding could avert 20 000 maternal deaths each year due to breast cancer.

    WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding starting within one hour after birth until a baby is 6 months old. Nutritious complementary foods should then be added while continuing to breastfeed for up to 2 years or beyond.

    GMCClinics celebrates this week every year and provides our patients with assistance in preparing and supporting breastfeeding for children under 2 years old.

    Breastfeeding is one of the most effective ways to ensure child health and survival.

    Our specialists are pediatricians, obstetrician-gynecologists, family doctors are always ready to help young mothers and their children in maintaining and successfully breastfeeding.

    Our hotline: 043494880 is always at your service.