Health Desk—April 18, 2017: Local and international lucrative advertisements are encouraging the guardians for feeding of other foods to babies instead of breastfeeding.
According to the sources, following the colourful advertisements, the tendency of feeding powdered milk to babies is increasing alarmingly. As a result, babies are suffering from malnutrition that weakens their immune system.
In this stage, children are suffering different kinds of malnutrition taking such types of food. Immunities of the body are often hampered which causes different fatal diseases like diarrhea, pneumonia and skin diseases.
According to the experts, breastfeeding leads to better overall health outcomes for children, which is why the World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that babies be exclusively breast-fed for a minimum of six months. Only breastfeeding can meet the demand of nutrition. But, breastfeeding is yet to get a satisfactory level in the country.
Pediatrician Dr MQK Talukder said breastfeeding produce antibody for children. He said breastfeeding contains special fatty acids which help children's growth as well as eyesight. As many as 100 useful elements have been found in the mother's milk, which are very essential for the development of children's physical and mental growth, he added.
Chairperson of Bangladesh Breastfeeding Foundation Dr. S K Roy said, after a child gets all sort of nutrient form mother milk. It contains Phosphate that is helps to build children bone and increases baby's immune system and intelligence.
Advertisements of local and foreign companies shown that children's weight, height, intelligence, structure of brain will be accurate if they are feeding their produced product.
A specialized Hospital for Women and Children BIRDEM-2 doctor professor Sahida Akhter urged the guardians not to be allured by the lucrative advertisements.