Breastfeeding or Golden Hour increases the survival of babies

1 in 2 Mexican babies does not drink breast milk in their first hour of life

Globally, 78 million children do not have access to the mother's womb in the first minutes after delivery, increasing the risk of death and disease

Breastfeeding promotes the formation of a rich and diverse intestinal microbiota, which reduces the risk of developing allergies, asthma , obesity, diabetes, and even some mental disorders

In Mexico, one out of every two children does not receive breast milk in the first hour of life, a situation that increases the risk of death and illness, while at the same time reducing the possibility that they will subsequently receive breastfeeding.1

According to figures from the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) and the World Health Organization (WHO), globally, 78 million babies do not have access to the mother's womb in what is also known as "golden hour ”, Which does not allow them to receive colostrum which, due to its high content of nutrients and antibodies, is considered the“ first vaccine ”for newborns.2

Breastfeeding is a bioactive component, specific species, being the best source of energy and nutrients for this newborn and infant, it is identified as a protection mechanism against diarrhea and potentially fatal infections. Recent research in the United Kingdom and the United States also already recognizes the importance of breast milk in the development of the microbiota and the immune system of new babies, warns neonatologist Flor Abinader.

“Skin-to-skin contact allows the exchange of bacteria between the mother and the baby's mouth, effectively contributing to the development of new communities in the newborn's body. New studies are already exploring the possibility that the mother's bacteria travel from her own intestine to her mammary glands and from there she shares them with her son, in a kind of transfer of resistance to diseases ”, the subspecialist explains.

Unicef ​​calculations estimate that improving breastfeeding practices globally could save the lives of more than 800 children under five years of age each year, most of them even under six months.3 Beyond survival, there is growing evidence regarding the benefits of breastfeeding your children throughout their lives.

Breastfeeding not only strengthens the baby's immune system, but also the bond with the mother.

“The initial conformation of a rich and diverse intestinal microbiota from breastfeeding reduces the risk of developing infectious diseases in babies, but also others that are chronically degenerative such as allergies, obesity, diabetes and even some mental disorders such as autism, anxiety and depression, "says Dr. Abinader.

Even though the WHO recommendation is to provide exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of children's life, there are cases where, for various reasons, some mothers are unable to breastfeed. An option for the care and strengthening of the intestinal microbiota of babies in this situation is the consumption of probiotics.

Under the supervision of the attending physician, in situations of recovery of the balance of the baby's intestinal microbiota, a possible treatment is the probiotic naturally derived from yeast Saccharomyces boulardii CNCM I-745®, available in tablets, capsules or in bags —Powder sachets—, to facilitate its consumption.

Within the framework of World Breastfeeding Week —from August 1 to 7—, under the slogan "Let's empower ourselves: let's make breastfeeding possible", international organizations, governments, companies and society in general ratify their commitment to join efforts in order to to guarantee the right to breastfeeding now and in the future.4


  1. Capture the moment: Early initiation of breastfeeding. The best start for every newborn. UNICEF, WHO, 2018
  2. Three out of every five babies do not drink breast milk in the first hour of life. WHO, 2018
  3. Capture the moment: Early initiation of breastfeeding. The best start for every newborn. UNICEF, WHO, 2018
  4. World Breastfeeding

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