Breastfeeding prevents cancer: Dr Madhura Phatak

Mysuru, August 13:- “Breastfeeding contributes to the health of well being of mother, it helps in reducing 25 per cent of the ovarian and breast cancer risks and it also helps in preventing malnutrition, ensures food security and maintains good health in the young children,” said Dr Madhura Phatak, Consultant,  Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Columbia Asia Hospital, Mysuru, recently.

To mark the World Breastfeeding Week from August 1 to 7 Columbia Asia Hospital Mysuru spread awareness on its immense benefits to improve the health of babies around the world. The theme of World Breastfeeding Week this year is ‘Breastfeeding: Foundation of life.’

According to WHO, exclusive breastfeeding is very much essential starting from the one hour after birth until the baby is 6 months’ old. Nutritious complementary foods should then be added while continuing to breastfeed for up to two years or beyond.

Dr Madhura Phatak said that “World Breastfeeding Week must be promoted by advocating and informing the general public on the economic, environmental and health implications of optimal breastfeeding on a global scale. Breastfeeding is a natural act and also a learned behaviour, storing it is an art and practice to pump it is also very much essential.” -KK


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