Yes, you read that right. The First 1000 Days. The First 1000 Days of our very existence. Just to be clear I am talking about individual lives in here.
Nestlé Pakistan organised an event on the 12th of September 2015 to impart the importance of the first 1000 days of human life. The days beginning not from the time of birth but from the exact moment of conception.
With Dr Huma Faheem, Medical Advisor in Nestlé Nutrition, at the helm, the event took off with all the facts and figure taught in an interactive session to the audience full of influential bloggers.
The session took off with Dr Huma talking about how it is in the mother’s womb where many of the decisions of our health, throughout our lives, are made. She talked about the importance of nutrition for a pregnant woman and how that is taken very little by many among us.
She further emphasised on the prenatal medical care by expanding on the elements that a fetus requires in the right quantity to become a healthy baby. She went to explain further how not keep a healthy diet or medical ailments during pregnancy (for the mother) has a negative effect on the child who may at a later stage in life experience. Examples of them could be shortness of height, the rain not functioning at the right level or cavities.
Moving on from prenatal ti neonatal care, the Doctor went to speak about the importance of breast feeding. Breast feeding is encouraged in almost all cultures and is not only beneficial to the child who gets all the nutritional benefits from it but for the nursing mother as well.
Breast milk is best for the baby, and the benefits of breastfeeding extend well beyond basic nutrition. In addition to containing all the vitamins and nutrients the baby needs in the first six months of life, breast milk is packed with disease-fighting substances that protects the baby from illness, stops the baby’s immune system from developing allergies and also gives a boost to the baby’s intelligence.
But that is all for the baby.
Nursing her baby, the mother benefits from breast feeding as it reduces stress levels and the risk of postpartum depression. Some researchers have also been known to suggest that breastfeeding reduces a woman’s chance of contracting breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
Back to the event, which was organised by Nestlé Pakistan, where no brand was advertised. No baby product, at all. The emphasis was on:
The Baby Needs Mother’s Milk To Get Ready For Life Ahead
The event was informative in a way one wanted to listen to. The facts and figures not just statistics but our parents before and our children after us. Not only the bloggers gained some perspective but the same took Twitter by storm. Following are some of the Tweets of the Bloggers.
It all led to the Bloggers making a pledge. A pledge to raise awareness about these crucial First 1000 Days.