The Ghana Health Service says the rapid decline of the breastfeeding rate leads to children under five years of age being wasted.
The GHS found that many babies are not fed with the proper food frequency and diet.
This was disclosed by the Bono East Regional Deputy Director in-charge of Public Health, Dr. Paulina Appiah according to a report filed by Pulse.com.gh.
She said that the data on infant feeding indicates an exclusive lactating rate of approximately 43% at six months, while early breastfeeding is around 50%.
She made this known during the regional launch of the ‘Start Right-Feed’ campaign in Kintampo.
Dr. Appiah explained that exclusive breastfeeding helps to protect infants from common childhood diseases.
She noted that diarrhoea and pneumonia were the two primary causes of child mortality in Ghana, but can be prevented through exclusive breastfeeding.
“It is also beneficial for the mother as it is associated with reduced risks of breast and ovarian cancer, type II diabetes, and postpartum depression.”
“Household food and feeding practices influence the quality of complementary feeding, and mothers and families need support to practice good complementary feeding,” she added.
In August 2020, the First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, launched the national campaign which targets children from birth to two years.
The campaign aimed at raising awareness of the benefits of exclusive breastfeeding and the provision of foods with the right balance of nutrients for infants.
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