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A special study by the Ministry of Health examined the nutrition of babies in their first year of life and found that 17.8% of babies consume fast food such as falafel, hamburger, pizza, Borax, Jehanon, processed schnitzel and the like.
In addition, 14.7% of Jewish babies and 63.4% of Arab babies drink sugary drinks before the age of one year.
The report also asked to check the breastfeeding habits of mothers, and found that 72% of the babies were first exposed to complementary foods before the end of the sixth month of their lives, which is not in accordance with the directive of the Ministry of Health, when the average age when consuming foods regularly was 6.5 months.
The proportion of babies who will be exclusively breastfed (without any supplement) at least until the age of 6 months, as recommended by the Ministry of Health and professional bodies in the world, is only 15.3%.
60.6% of the mothers breastfed combined, combining infant formula and food, for 6 months or more - this is an increase from the 54.8% reported in the previous survey.
60.2% of the babies were fed formula regularly when they were less than 3 months old and 20% of the babies were 6 months or older when they started consuming formula for babies regularly.
Only 15.3% of babies will be exclusively breastfed at least until the age of 6 months, as recommended by the Ministry of Health (Photo: ShutterStock)
The average duration of breastfeeding among those who have ever breastfed was 4.3 months, according to the length of maternity leave customary in Israel, after which most women return to their work routine and reduce their time with the baby.
The survey shows that most of the mothers, 90.1%, stated that during pregnancy they had the intention to breastfeed, but 40.0% of the mothers stated that the main reason for not intending to breastfeed was that they did not connect to breastfeeding.
During the breastfeeding period, 67.1% reported breast pain related to breastfeeding, but only 2.6% of them stopped breastfeeding due to the breast pain.
Most of the mothers (57.8%) stated that the main reason for adding infant formula to breastfeeding was that the baby did not gain enough weight.
54.4% stated that the reason for stopping breastfeeding was that they did not have enough milk.
The midwives union explained that these answers indicate the mothers' lack of knowledge about breastfeeding, because breast milk is supplied according to the baby's consumption and is supposed to answer immune problems and prevent diabetes problems and reduce the risk of breast cancer for the mother.
41.6% of Jewish mothers and 28.9% of Arab mothers said they wanted to stop breastfeeding.
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67.1% of breastfeeding women reported breast pain related to breastfeeding (Photo: ShutterStock)
Tifat Halav is a station that provides health and medical services in the field of health promotion and prevention for pregnant women, infants and children (ages from birth to 6 years) and their families.
Milk drop stations are scattered all over the country and are operated by the health bureaus.
The nurses of the milk drops should provide information and guidance to the young mothers about the possibility they face and the direction of preventive medicine for the newly born babies, but many women who come to the centers feel threatened by the nurses and that they are not good mothers.
The report also shows that most of the babies, 87.5%, were fed breast milk in the maternity ward, but only 35.9% of the mothers asked to breastfeed exclusively during their stay in the maternity ward.
There is an increase in the rates of breastfeeding attempts immediately after birth compared to the previous decade, an increase from 41.4% to 62.3% today, this in accordance with the recommendations of the Ministry of Health.
The increase was also observed in the percentage of mothers who are in "full home" (when the baby is with the mother at all hours of the day) in the maternity wards, 28.7% about a decade ago and 39.3% today.
However, the proportion of babies who consumed infant formula in the maternity ward increased from 67.2% about a decade ago to 80.1% today, which is against the ministry's recommendations.
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"Exclusive breastfeeding until the age of six months is very important for the health of the newborn"
Head of the Public Health Division, Dr. Sharon Elrai Price: "Breastfeeding is sometimes challenging, certainly in the intense lifestyle we women live today, but exclusive breastfeeding until the age of six months is very important for the health of the newborn - it reduces the risk of death in the crib, and of infections and contributes to normal development.
Today it is known that breastfeeding is also good for the mother's health in preventing breast and ovarian cancer and cardiovascular diseases.
The Ministry of Health and the leading health bodies
in the world recommend exclusive breastfeeding until the age of six months and then continued breastfeeding while gradually being exposed to different foods."
The milk and assistance to women who wish to breastfeed and are having difficulty.
We have a consultation line of Tipat Halab nurses who can answer questions at *5400.
It is important for us to make sure that the healthy choice is easy for the women."
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