|The largest breast milk bank in Vietnam has been inaugurated at Hung Vuong Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. (Photo: tuoitre.vn)
The inauguration responds to World Breastfeeding Week, promotes the breastfeeding movement in Vietnam, and contributes to increasing life chances for premature, low birth weight and pathological babies.
Doctor Nguyen Truong Son, Deputy Minister of Health, said that the infant mortality rate in Vietnam is still high, accounting for 70-80% of all deaths in children under 1 year old.
Studies show that breast milk is the most important and has the greatest potential to impact child survival. Breast milk not only helps children grow up quickly and comprehensively, but also strengthens the immune system, especially when the child's immune system is not yet complete. Passive antibodies passed from mother to baby in breast milk will help the baby fight infections in the environment.