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Breastfeeding should be promoted not just among full-term newborns but also among sick and premature babies

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That breastfeeding is fundamental to the growth and development of newborns is a foregone conclusion. But for sick babies, breastfeeding is far more important than that. 

"For unhealthy infants, human milk is more than food. It's medicine," said Dr Kannika Bangsainoi, a paediatrician and member of the Thai Breastfeeding Centre Committee.

According to Dr Kannika, breastfeeding is actually considered medical intervention as it can help save life of critically ill babies. Even though Thailand's Ministry of Public Health has been promoting and implementing breastfeeding as one of the significant neonatal protocols, when it comes to unwell babies, a number of medical personnel and healthcare providers fail to realise the importance of human milk and raise awareness about breastfeeding especially among new mums.

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