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Aug 1, 2011 7:58:26 AM - itnnews.lk

The National Breast Feeding Week commenced today. The theme is “Let’s Talk More About breast Feeding” is the theme.Doctors have already confirmed that breast milk is the only quality food that could be given to nourish children and improve their knowledge.

According to an international survey carried out last year Sri Lanka tops among the South Asian region in breast feeding during the first month of an infant. This percentage is now about 85. UNICEF claims it is Sri Lanka which had intimated to the world the value of giving breast milk. The Health Ministry targets to achieve 100 percent by promoting breast feeding through awareness campaigns. Circulars have been issued by the ministry to provincial health directors and regional directors of health service to give special attention to this aspect. Although the National Breast Feeding Week concludes on the 7th of this month, the Health Ministry plans to launch a slew of programmes throughout the month drawing attention to promotion and encouragement of breast feeding.