In the National Dietary Guidelines for Women for Infants, Children and Teenagers, and in the ones (with special mention in breastfeeding) it is underlined that breastfeeding is the most natural and ideal way to feed an infant. It ensures the ideal growth, development and health whileit outranks all infant formula.
Moreover, breastfeeding is cost-effective since the cost of buying formula milk and accessories (e.g. bottles, pacifiers, sterilizers). Also, it protects from diseases and therefore from physical, psychological and financial burdens that arise from visits to the doctor and possible hospitalization. That means less medicines to be purchased and used.
Prolepsis Institute is in full agreement with the Worldwide Health Organization (WHO) and with UNICEF in the matter of breastfeeding. According to the Worldwide Strategy for Nutrition of Infant and Small Child (2003), WHO and UNICEF recommend breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months of the infant’s life. This recommendation applies as much to the developed as to the developing countries.
The recommendation is formulated as follows:
As a global public health recommendation, infants should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life to achieve optimal growth, development and health. Thereafter, to meet their evolving nutritional requirements, infants should receive nutritionally adequate and safe complementary foods while breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond.
In a recent study it is demonstrated that exclusive breastfeeding from the first hour of birth until the sixth month, and its continuation for up to two years could save 800.000 lives per year in developing countries. This year, the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) celebrates the Worldwide Breastfeeding Week 2015 with the theme: “Breastfeeding and Work- Let’s make it work” and addresses a call for coordinated action worldwide aiming to support working women who want to continue breastfeeding.
More information for breastfeeding (importance, benefits, practical advice) is available on the following links:
1. National Dietary Guidelines for Infants, Children and Teenagers:
2. National Dietary Guidelines for Women, in pregnancy and breastfeeding:
WABA for the Worldwide Breastfeeding Week 2015
The Worldwide Health Organization for breastfeeding
The National Dietary Guidelines is a project carried out by Prolepsis Institute with a view to promoting healthy nutrition in Greece, by combining advanced scientific knowledge with the traditional Greek diet
The National Dietary Guidelines are available on the webpage: http://www.diatrofikoiodigoi.gr