Myanmar has started launching mother- related health program this month with the first week of being observed as breastfeeding, official media reported Friday.
During this month, the second week will be nutrition promotion week for under-five children while the third week as the nutrition promotion week for pregnant women and lactating mothers and the fourth as the week for elimination of iodine deficiency disorders, said the New Light of Myanmar.
The launching of the program is coincided with government's call for breastfeeding rather than milk powders and bottle feeding.
The Ministry of Health called on all mothers to pay more attention to breastfeeding which is highly recommended as the most complete form of nutrition for infants and its health, growth, immunity and development.
Breast-fed children are most resistant to disease and infection early in life than formula-fed children.
Although breastfeeding brings a range of benefits for children, milk powder and bottle feeding are sometimes detrimental to child' s health with negative effects.
Meanwhile, New Zealand has recalled up to 1,000 tons of dairy products as bacteria were found in the milk powders and dairy products. A total of 300,000 children in China fell ill after being fed contaminated milk products.
Breast milk has disease-fighting cells called antibodies that help protect infants from germs, illness, and even sudden infant death syndrome.