How long should you breastfeed UNICEF?

How long should you breastfeed UNICEF?

UNICEF and WHO recommend: Initiation of breastfeeding within the first hour of life. Exclusive breastfeeding, without any additional food or fluids, not even water, for the first six months. Thereafter children should receive complementary foods with continued breastfeeding up to 2 years of age or beyond.

What is Bfhi?

The Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) was launched by WHO and UNICEF in 1991, following the Innocenti Declaration of 1990. The initiative is a global effort to implement practices that protect, promote and support breastfeeding.

WHO recommends breastfeeding for 2 years?

WHO and UNICEF recommend: early initiation of breastfeeding within 1 hour of birth; exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life; and. introduction of nutritionally-adequate and safe complementary (solid) foods at 6 months together with continued breastfeeding up to 2 years of age or beyond.

WHO UNICEF breastfeeding guidelines?

Ideally, infants should be put to breast within one hour of birth, breastfed exclusively for the first 6 months of life and continue to be breastfed up to 2 years of age and beyond. Starting at 6 months, breastfeeding should be combined with safe, age-appropriate feeding of nutritious solid, semi-solid and soft foods.

At what age should breastfeeding stop?

The World Health Organization recommends that all babies be exclusively breastfed for 6 months, then gradually introduced to appropriate foods after 6 months while continuing to breastfeed for 2 years or beyond. Stopping breastfeeding is called weaning. It is up to you and your baby to decide when the time is right.

How many types of breastfeeding is there?

Discover 11 different breastfeeding positions and find out what is best for you and your baby: Laid-back breastfeeding or reclined position. Cradle hold. Cross-cradle hold.

What are the components of BFHI?


  • The role of facilities providing maternity and newborn services.
  • Country-level implementation and sustainability.
  • Coordination of the Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative with other breastfeeding.
  • Transition of BFHI implementation.
  • What country has the lowest rate of breastfeeding?

    the U.K.
    LONDON — Only 1 in 200 women in the U.K., or 0.5 percent, breastfeed their children until they are 1 year old — the lowest rate in the world. That jaw-dropping figure was published this week in the Lancet medical journal in a study analyzing global trends in breastfeeding.

    Is breast milk still nutritious after 2 years?

    Breastmilk maintains nutritional value as well as emotional benefits and the World Health Organisation and the Department of Health recommend that breastfeeding continues, with the appropriate additional of complementary foods, for two years and beyond.

    What is step three of the 10 steps to successful breastfeeding?

    It has been noted that out of ten steps to successful breastfeeding, the third one is to “inform all pregnant women about benefits and management of breastfeeding”.

    Why is breastfeeding UNICEF important?

    Breastfeeding matters From providing optimal nutrition to infants worldwide, to improving both the short and long-term health of babies and mothers, breastmilk helps to give all children the best start in life. It is a key way to reduce inequalities, contributing to mental, cognitive and physical development.