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New mothers and those who have breastfed before shared their experiences and encouraged each other to breastfeed their little ones.
(7) In the WHI (observational study plus controlled trial), women with a single live birth who breastfed for 7 to 12 months had a lower risk of cardiovascular disease than women with a single live birth who did not breastfeed (hazard ratio, 0.72; 95% confidence interval, 0.53-97).
Globally, 41% of mothers breastfeed exclusively through 6 months, according to the latest UNICEF data.
She says it is important for families to know that the WWRC's Breastfeeding Clinic provides essential services and support to mothers who want to successfully breastfeed, including mothers who are having difficulties breastfeeding.
Mothers need assistance and support from their health care providers, families, employers, communities and governments and together, we can support women to breastfeed and protect the health and well-being of future generations.
The observation at the end was that even a small number of women would initiate breastfeeding within one hour after delivery, though the majority intended to breastfeed for up to 1 to 2 years thereby longer duration of breastfeeding.
She added we need to support mothers to breastfeed anytime, anywhere and encourage society to play a role in making communities breastfeeding-friendly.
Mothers who choose to breastfeed reduce their risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer and reduce the risk of post-partum depression and post-partum weight gain (Wilson, 2010).
The World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months of a baby's life to optimize benefits, continuing to breastfeed for 2 years and as long thereafter as is mutually desired by a woman and her child.
"e last Infant Feeding Survey, in 2010, showed that while 81% of UK women started to breastfeed, by the time their babies were one week old, less than half (46%) were exclusively breastfeeding, and by six weeks old less than a quarter (23%) were exclusively breastfeeding.
The World Health Organisation recommends mothers worldwide should exclusively breastfeed infants for the first six months to achieve optimal growth, development and general health.