[ePrayer – Pray for Breastfeeding Campaign]
Save the Children launched a campaign ‘Superfood for Babies’. It is a global call to action to rediscover the importance of breastfeeding and to support mothers to breastfeed their babies – especially in the poorest communities in the poorest countries. Breastfeeding is one of the best ways to tackle malnutrition; a simple, natural way to boost a baby’s immune system. If all babies were breastfed in the first hour after birth, the new report said, the lives of 95 babies would be saved every single hour – 830,000 a year. If babies receive Colostrum – the mother’s first milk – within an hour of birth, it will kick start the child’s immune system, making them three times more likely to survive. The four major barriers that prevent mothers from breastfeeding are also examined in the report: community and cultural pressures, the shortage of health workers, lack of maternity legislation, inappropriate promotion of breast-milk substitutes. [Super Food for Babies, Guardian]
Pray for Breastfeeding Campaign:
- Pray that breastfeeding can be better promoted. More babies can receive the first milk to increase their survival rate;
- Pray that the governments, international institutions and multinational companies can work together to ensure that every infant is given the life-saving protection that breastfeeding can offer.