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World Breastfeeding Week 2020: Breast milk builds immunity in babies

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There is a well-established connection between breastfeeding and immunity building in babies. This is further corroborated by results of a new survey by Momspresso, which reveals that 9 out of 10 moms breastfeed to improve their baby’s immunity whereas 4 out of 5 breastfeed to fulfill their nutritional requirements. The survey was conducted on the occasion of World Breastfeeding Week 2020 by Momspresso.com, a popular user-generated content platform for women.
The theme of World Breastfeeding Week 2020 is “Support breastfeeding for a healthier planet”. In line with this theme, WHO and UNICEF are calling on governments to protect and promote women’s access to skilled breastfeeding counselling, a critical component of breastfeeding support.
Titled ‘Concerns Around Breastfeeding During COVID-19’, the survey by Momspresso suggests 99% of moms feel breast milk may protect the baby against infectious disease while 9 out of 10 moms think babies who are breastfed have passive immunity for longer. Moreover, 96% of the respondents aptly believe that breastmilk contains antibodies that are transferred to babies, giving them the strength to fight diseases.

Breastfeeding Week Infographic 2020

Speaking on the survey results, Parul Orhi, Founding Partner & Chief Editor, Momspresso said, “In the past, we have carried our Breastfeeding Survey to figure out the challenges that Indian mums face while feeding their babies at home, at work or in public spaces. This year, however, the survey was conducted with the most peculiar and unprecedented situation in its backdrop. Mums are more concerned than ever before about the health and immunity of their babies and understand that breastfeeding is key to immunity-building in infants and young babies. A major chunk of mums are well-informed about the undeniable benefits of breastfeeding and are taking the necessary precautions like self-hygiene to ensure that their babies remain safe from infection during the outbreak.”
The survey was conducted among 800 breastfeeding mums across metro and non-metro cities marking the occasion of Breastfeeding Week 2020. Of these, 65% were non-working moms, and while 54% had one child, 42% had 2 children.

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