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The United Nations Children’s Fund

 

Baby breastfeeding
 

The United Nations Children’s Fund (formerly United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund or UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) join the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) and over 174 countries worldwide in celebrating this year’s World Breastfeeding Week on August 1-7.

This year’s theme is ‘BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT: CLOSE TO MOTHERS’ which aims to highlight the importance of “Breastfeeding Peer Counselling” as a support system to “sustain breastfeeding.”

According to UNICEF’s message, celebrating World Breastfeeding Week is “an opportunity to highlight the critical role breastfeeding plays in a child’s growth, development and survival.” The message also recognizes the fact that “too many infants around the world are still not receiving these benefits” of mother’s milk and that the World Health Assembly “has set an ambitious target to increase the exclusive breastfeeding rate to at least 50 per cent by 2025.”

There are many reasons why mothers are unable to breastfeed their newly born babies. Here are some of the reasons: nipple pain, dwindling milk available, prolonged feeding but the baby remains hungry and irritable, and the baby can’t latch on the mother’s breast. These are the problems and one of the root causes could be that the baby has tongue tie or ankyloglossia. While the size of the nipple could add to the difficulty in breastfeeding, the bigger contributor is the restricted movement of the baby’s tongue.

Both mother and baby need not suffer from the effects of a tongue tie. A tongue tie can be released through soft laser surgery which is a safe, quick and almost painless procedure. Call Woodbridge Kids Dentistry to learn more about soft laser surgery for tongue-tied babies.