KARACHI: Only 37.1 percent of children below six months in Pakistan are exclusively breastfed and the rate of early initiation of breastfeeding (within an hour of birth) is only 28.8 percent.
Punjab has the highest bottle-feeding rate, which is more in children born in cities, in hospitals and in the homes of rich educated people.
Chairperson Health, Education and Literacy Programme (HELP) Prof Dr Durre Samin Akram presenting her views at a seminar quoted analysis done on data from the Pakistan Demographic Health Survey.
Durre Samin giving a brief about World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action’s objectives for Breastfeeding Week 2014 elaborated upon the Millenium Development Goals and described the achievements so far reached in Sindh.
The seminar on ‘Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal for Life’ was held jointly by HELP and Save the Children’s EVERY ONE Campaign. This seminar was arranged as part of the celebration of Breastfeeding Week being celebrated worldwide from August 4-8, 2014.
Iqbal Detho provincial manager Advocacy and Campaign Sindh highlighted his organisation’s role in this aspect.
Dr Sohail Shahid from the Nutrition Cell, government of Sindh presented the follow up of the legislation after February 14, 2013, when the Sindh Asssembly unanimously passed it.
Prof Iqbal Memon Chairman Pakistan Pediatric Association highlighted the role of ‘Baby Friendly Hospitals’. Dr Sabeen Adil Lactaction Management Specialist talked about dealing with the issue of breastfeeding and its management stressed upon the need to teach practical lactation management techniques.
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