Data that was made public in the Lancet medical journal suggests that only 0.5% or one in every 200 women in United Kingdom still partake breastfeeding each year.
This rate was lower compared to what Germany has; in which 23% of mothers do conduct breast feed a year later. Brazil recorded 56% while Senegal had the highest. 99% of Senegal women do breast feed after a year.
The researchers found out a very common misconception. It was to the opinion of most residents that breastfeeding can only help the poor countries.
It is true that breastfeeding is majorly done in the developing countries. However, the figures that UK recorded are far much lower, even when compared to what her counterparts have.
The UK government usually advice its women to exclusively feed their baby on breast milk in the first six months. Inclusion of other foods is also advised but the recommended end-point is not usually given.
At one point, 81% of UK women tried to breastfeed. Only 34% of these were able to go up to six months and only 0.5% reached 12 months.
The authors of the report said that a total of 800,000 children could be saved from death via breastfeeding. It is also advantages to breastfeed because the risk of ovarian and breast cancer in mothers is lowered.
There is a misconception that one can easily replace breastfeeding with artificial products without much impact occurring. However, there is no doubt that failing to breastfeed impacts the children negatively on a long-term basis. Their nutrition, health and overall development are affected.
Britain records the lowest breastfeeding cases in comparison to other wealthy countries. It is worried that the situation may get worse as the government proposes to cut budgets.
The report released by Lancer shows that breastfeeding in developed countries helped to save the lives of infants by more than a third.
In the developing countries, breastfeeding played a significant role in lowering the instances of diarrhea and respiratory infections.
As pointed above, breastfeeding is more common in the poor countries. But even within these countries, the rich happen to ignore significance of breast feeding.
The World Health Organization and the Save the Children UK signed a commentary whose purpose is to promote breastfeeding.
The commentary states that the breast milk products that manufacturers and distributors are aggressively promoting play a significant role in reducing the breastfeeding instances.
The promotion of such products has overhauled the infant formula. They should be looked at as a second option for the infants who are not able to breastfeed. The situation is different as the commercial products are advertised as normal foods for the babies.
Sarah Redshaw of BabyCentre.com via the Website said that we should also put into consideration the difficulties that mums come across as they breastfeed. The mothers have sufficient information to understand that breastfeeding is advantageous to their children. They however, fail to get enough support for them to do so. As a result, most of them stop breastfeeding.