n South African Journal of Child Health - Healthcare professionals and breastfeeding : to practise or to preach? : editorial




By common consensus, human breastmilk is not only the right food for optimal nutrition and growth for a newborn baby, but also a biological messenger system that influences future health. Breastmilk affects gut maturation, immunity and nutritional programming, and the maternal act of breastfeeding contributes to infant emotional bonding and sense of security. Rightly, therefore, the World Health Organization has repeatedly stressed the importance of breastfeeding as an essential requirement for child health, and it is an almost automatic expectation that all healthcare practitioners (doctors, nurses, dieticians, etc.) support and promote healthy breastfeeding.


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