UNICEF to support breastfeeding in Pakistan
UNICEF will give all out help and support to Pakistan in popularizing the idea of breastfeeding due to its health benefits.
Country Representative of the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Angela Kearny says 44 percent children in Pakistan face stunted growth due to the use of powdered milk
This was stated by her in an interview with Radio Pakistan's Current Affairs Channel.
The UNICEF Country Representative said this is becoming a burden on the social and health care system of the country.
She said the International Marketing Court prohibits the advertising of powdered milk for children below two years of age.
Angela Kearny said they are taking actions against the multi national companies advertising the breast milk substitute in Pakistan.
She underscored the need for encouraging women to breast feed their children as it is 100 percent safe and cost effective having all necessary nutritious contents.
She said the UNICEF is supporting Pakistan's efforts to promote breastfeeding to children up to early six months of their age.
She said the Government, social welfare and media organizations and other relevant stakeholders are making significant efforts in this connection.
However, she pointed out that due to a rising trend of using powdered milk substitute of mother's milk recommended by some doctors, nurses or midwives, women tend to give bottled milk to infants.
The Country Director highlighted the major health issues faced by children in later years of their age who are not breastfed.
She said these children have fifteen times higher risks to die of pneumonia and eleven times higher risks of death by diarrhea.
Angela Kearney underscored the need for collective efforts on the part of all stakeholders.
She said the religious scholars can play a very important role in convincing the people on the issue.