The department of health and family welfare Phek district observed ‘World breast feeding week’ which started on August 1 with different groups of mothers at Chakhesang Baptist Church Phek Town. Speaking on the occasion, Dr. C.W. Tungoe, deputy chief medical officer said breast milk was far more than a source of nutrition which promoted the health and well being of both mother and baby and added “It is best to keep infant on a strict diet of only breast milk for the first six months of his/her life, because it protects against gastrointestinal problems”.
“Breast feeding protects against asthma and ear infection, cow’s milk can cause some babies to react with severe allergies, breast milk, in contrast is 100 percent safe”, he added. He also highlighted that breastfed babies were less likely to suffer from obesity in later age.
Breast feeding has been linked to prevention of childhood leukemia, type 1 diabetes and high blood pressure later in life, it also boast a child’s intelligence, the risk of breast and ovarian cancer is reduce if breast feeding takes place post-pregnancy. Meanwhile, Ano Anm also spoke on the occasion for the benefits of Breast feeding.