Breast feeding promotion in Sri Lanka. Dr.R.Kesavan Ministry of Health Sri Lanka National Consultant/ Emergency Medical Care WHO/Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka - VITAL STATISTICS Estimated Population (‘000),2005*19652 Percentage of 0-4 Population ,2003* 8.8
Ministry of Health
National Consultant/ Emergency Medical Care
Since independence in 1948, to the 1990s, the crude death rate fell from 21.9/1,000 to 5.6/1,000,
Female mortality rate was lower than male mortality rate and the male/female population ratio was 100:101 in 1992.
INTERNATIONAL BREAST-FEEDING WEEK COMMEMORATED FROM AUGUST 01 TO 07 Monday, 06 August 2007
By this awareness program it has been intensified to encourage breast-feeding to develop nourishment for the children, good attachment between mother and the child, preventing from infectious disease and developing intelligence
It has been emphasized that the child should be breast-fed within half an hour from the time of birth for 6 months without giving any other food.
It has been educated to breast-feed for 2 years with other spare meals after 6 months to make the child healthy, intelligent, and psychologically well balanced, useful person to the society. It has been specified that the colostrums in the breast milk prevent the child from infections and other diseases.
What is needed is to create an awareness of the importance of the breast feeding among the modern youth (Mrs Amara Peeris)
Sri Lanka: High rate of breastfeeding`We are fortunate that 98 percent of our mothers belong to the ever breast fed category. This had resulted in producing a healthy child. There is no major difference in urban and rural mothers regarding breast feeding. However, educating them regarding the benefits will be an effective way to promote breast feeding` (Mrs Amara Peeris)
Concerns national policy, plan of action, funding and coordination issues.
Concerns implementation of the Code as law, monitored and enforced.-
Concerns paid maternity leave, paid breastfeeding break, national legislation encouraging work site
Concerns health provider schools and pre-service education programmes, standards and guidelines for
Concerns skilled counseling services on infant and young child feeding, and its access to all women.
(During pregnancy and after birth)
Concerns national IEC strategy for improving infant and young child feeding, actively implemented at
to address infant feeding and HIV issue and on-going monitoring of the