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4 OCTOBER 2018

Meeting devoted to benefits of breastfeeding held in Baku management and technology college

Public Health and Reforms Center (PHRC) of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Azerbaijan organize educational meetings in observance of World Breastfeeding Week (October 1-7) and support of "Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative".

One such meeting was held by the initiative of the State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan and support of PHRC at Baku management and technology college on October 4, 2018.

Director of the college Faig Shahbazli made opening remarks and noted that, raising medical awareness among society, especially younger generation plays a greater role in achieving expected results.

Deputy head of Health policy and reforms department Shahla Mirzazade made speech in front of audience of young girls. “Exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months is the optimal way of feeding infants. Breast milk contains everything the baby needs (carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals, digestive enzymes) for the first 6 months of life, in all the right proportions. Exclusive breastfeeding reduces infant mortality due to common childhood illnesses such as diarrhoea or pneumonia, and helps for a quicker recovery during illness. Breastfeeding contributes to the health and well-being of mothers; it helps to space children, reduces the risk of ovarian cancer and breast cancer,” she said.

After screening of video on the benefits of breastfeeding, there was full exchange of views and students were acquainted with educational materials prepared by PHRC.

The full text of the news is available in Azerbaijani language.