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Lanka tops world in breastfeeding rankings

Sri Lanka has won the first place in the world for breast feeding, Family Health Bureau Director Dr. Chithramali De Silva said.

Dr. De Silva said the percentage of giving colostrum to the newborn infants is over 98 percent in Sri Lanka. Providing colostrum plays a major role in strengthening natural immunity of children. She was addressing media during a press conference held recently to mark the National Breastfeeding Week which commenced on August 1.

Dr. De Silva said all mothers should feed their infants only breast milk for the first six months. “The baby should be breastfed for six months without feeding anything else. Milk powder should not be given to infants. Unfortunately breastfeeding weakens after four or five months due to the end of maternity leave of mothers. This issue should be addressed,” she said.

Only the breast milk change with the time being meeting the requirements of the growing child and only breast milk increases the IQ of infants. Infants fed with breast milk rarely fall sick and the possibility of developing Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes, cancer etc when they become adults becomes less when infants are fed with breast milk, she added.

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