Opelousas General Health System Celebrates World Breastfeeding Week & National Breastfeeding Month


It contains vital vitamins and nutrients that the baby needs in the initial months after birth.

78 million babies - or every three in five babies - are not breastfed within the first hour of life.


According to the World Health Organisation, mothers are supposed to exclusively breastfeed their children for six months before enrolling them on other foods.

"Many women think that milk supply is low when it isn't". OGHS has also recently earned The Gift designation The Gift is an evidence-based designation program for Louisiana birthing facilities created to increase breastfeeding rates and hospital success by improving the quality of maternity services and enhancing patient-centered care.

Mothers who may experience challenges with breastfeeding such as engorgement, nipple pain/trauma or when the baby won't latch to the breast are encouraged to visit their nearest clinic for assistance.

The World Breastfeeding Week is observed to bring to the fore, the importance of breastfeeding and its benefits to mother and child. These mini-sessions will cover topics that include breastfeeding, labor comfort measures, infant care and safety, and a brand new class for grandmothers-to-be called Nana's Time. The city's Maternal, Child, Women and Man's health manager, Thembane Masina, has encouraged exclusive breastfeeding by both HIV negative or positive mothers.

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"In 1990, no woman knew about exclusive breastfeeding".

Southwest Florida and Lee County Breast Coalition are taking steps to provide more support to mothers who struggle with breastfeeding. It has purgative properties that help to clear the meconium (the greenish stool passed by babies).

"But these are actually signs that the woman's body has adjusted to the baby's feeding requirement". To boost exclusive breastfeeding, the Global Breastfeeding Advocacy Initiative, led by UNICEF and World Health Organization in collaboration with worldwide partners, are providing leadership to improve breastfeeding rates.

Last Wednesday, the Ministry launched the 2018 World Breastfeeding Week, with the theme: "Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life", aimed at linking nutrition security with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Second Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP-II). Breastfeeding prevents hunger and malnutrition in all its forms, and ensures food security for babies, even in times of crises.

Breastfeeding is by far the most natural and ideal way to feed your baby.