UNICEF, Health ministry to organize event on breastfeeding

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ISLAMABAD, Aug 2 (APP): United Nations International
Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in coordination with the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination is organizing an event on Wednesday to commemorate World Breastfeeding Week.

Minister of National Health Services, Regulations and
Coordination Saira Afzal Tarar will be the chief guest, said a press release on Tuesday.

Every year the first week of August is celebrated as World
Breastfeeding Week, designated for raising awareness regarding the benefits of breastfeeding, promoting breastfeeding practices, improving the health status of children and for the prevention of stunting in their early life.

Early initiation of breastfeeding strengthens the immunity of
a baby, reduces the risk of neonatal sepsis and respiratory
infections, and is also associated with higher rates of exclusive breastfeeding and lower rates of diarrhea throughout the first six months of life.

Pakistan has 38 percent rate of exclusively breastfed children
under six months of age, while bottle feedings and use of formula are at all-time highs as manufacturers ramp up their marketing to the public.