The importance of breastfeeding for the health and development of infants was explained at the latest installment of Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar’s (WCM-Q) Ask the Expert series.
Breastfeeding expert Dr. Mohammed Ilyas Khan of Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) was invited to deliver a presentation at the open public event, held at Doha’s Diplomatic Club. The event was part of WCM-Q’s Sahtak Awalan: Your Health First campaign, a five-year initiative that aims to encourage members of both the expat and Qatari communities to make healthy lifestyle choices.
Dr. Khan stressed that breastfeeding should not be viewed as a supplement to a baby’s diet, but as the basis of proper infant nutrition.
Breast milk contains a wide variety of nutrients essential to the healthy development of babies, including vital proteins, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates and fats. The milk also contains anti-infective components, many important hormones and special enzymes that aid digestion and absorption of nutrients.
The initiative runs a twice-weekly post-natal and daily walk-in clinic to support working mothers, first-time mothers and urgent cases, and a scheduled Lactation Management Clinic once a week at Al-Wakra Hospital. New mothers are helped with breastfeeding advice and practical care before birth, in the crucial first moments after birth and then for as long as they need support.
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