The Ministry of Health is advising Kenyan mothers to aspire towards exclusively breastfeeding their babies in the first 6 months, so as to enable them to grow up with “God-given nutrition during a critical period of their lives”.
Speaking on Thursday, August 6, Health CAS Rashid Aman rued the fact that only three out of five babies in Kenya are exclusively breastfed in their first six months, something he says is not right for the health of infants.
“Infants are supposed to be exclusively fed with breast milk for the first 6 months, but most of the mothers tend to disregard this practice which is WHO’s key recommendation,” said Dr. Aman.
This means that 39% of babies in the Kenyan community are deprived of major nutritional, immunological and psychological benefits which breastfeeding confers.
As the world is marking the breastfeeding week, Dr. Aman reiterated that nursing mothers need a conducive environment for successful breastfeeding, a task he says “you and I have a responsibility in creating this environment, especially during this COVID-19 pandemic times.”
“We can all do something to reduce our carbon and ecological footprints starting with how we feed our babies. Breastfeeding is the most environmentally friendly way to feed an infant because it produces zero garbage, zero greenhouse gases, zero water footprints,” added the CAS
Breast milk is a natural, renewable food that is environmentally safe, produced and delivered to the consumer without any pollution, packaging or waste.
Health experts advise mothers to initiate early breastfeeding to their babies. They, health experts, advise mothers to start breastfeeding their babies as early as within one hour of birth. This, they say, should continue up to two years of age and beyond.