About 60% of births in Armenia are currently breastfeeding, said Head of the Department of Maternal and Child Health Ministry of Health Karine Saribekian.
“According to 1994 in Armenia, about 20%, ie 20 out of 100 children, were breastfed for up to four months. Over the next three or four years, the number of such children has tripled and even quadrupled. After this index again fell slightly. Currently, about 60% of births in Armenia are breastfed, “- said Saribekian on Thursday at the parliamentary hearings on the issue of breast-feeding children in Armenia.
According to the head of department, breast-feeding not only helps to strengthen the health of both mother and child, but also creates a strong emotional bond between them.
As noted Saribekian, interesting practice doctors apply to women who want to abandon their children in the hospital. “They just give us feed the baby. After that, the vast majority of women take their children “- she said.
As informed Saribekyan, with mother’s milk the child absorbs and information stored at the level of genes. That is why, as stressed by the representative of the Ministry of Health of Armenia, should be encouraged breastfeeding at least six months.
Chairman of the Standing Committee on Health, Maternity and Childhood Ara Babloyan said that breastfeeding can help protect children in the future from such diseases as diabetes, cancer, and the mothers will prevent breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
“Breastfeeding could save lives of millions of children around the world” – said Babloyan.