Nutrition is a very important aspect of human being. It is in the foods where the body gets its nourishment and energy most especially if the body is engaging strenuous work or faces various diseases which indeed increases the requirements of the body of certain essential nutrients. The same case is also applied among those infants. These infants try to get nourishment from the substance known as the milk. Milk plays a very important role for the growth and development of the infants, especially for them that it is the only source of essential nutrients vital for living.
There are two types of milk which is actually being consumed by the infants. These are breast milk and infant formula. Breast milk is natural milk produced by the mothers, and it is the milk highly recommended by many health care professionals and government states. In fact, many state policies are now actually promoting breast feeding by giving comprehensive information regarding the benefits of breast feeding.
A latest news release revealed that in Rhode Island, those new mothers who had given birth will not anymore go home with free giveaways of milk formula. This is in response to the advocacy of the state to promote breast feeding among mothers. The state recognizes that breast feeding the infant actually push forwards multiple benefits not only to the infant but as well to the mother. In fact, Rhode Island is recognized as the first state to actually bring an end to the prevalent practice of giving free infant formula to mothers who leave the hospital.
This response by the state is a critical step to achieve higher breast feeding rates among mothers, also, according to some health care professional, this kind of policy by many states do not necessarily force and mandate women to engage in breast feeding, still formula milk are available especially for those women who are actually having hard time of breast feeding. But then again, widespread information dissemination regarding the benefits of breast feeding should be comprehensive and extended to the grass roots especially to the new mothers in order to encourage them to breast feed their babies.
The WHO which is also an advocate of breastfeeding claims that “Breastfeeding is the normal way of providing young infants with the nutrients they need for healthy growth and development. Virtually all mothers can breastfeed, provided they have accurate information, and the support of their family, the health care system and society at large. Colostrum, the yellowish, sticky breast milk produced at the end of pregnancy, is recommended by WHO as the perfect food for the newborn, and feeding should be initiated within the first hour after birth. Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended up to 6 months of age, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond.
Moreover, the goal of the state of Rhode Island is to actually increase the number of mothers who are breast feeding their babies up to 6 months for about 60 per cent by the year 2020.