Breastfeeding is 'smartest investment' families, communities and countries can make

Breastfeeding is 'smartest investment' families, communities and countries can make

This analysis explains that a 50% increase in the global rate of exclusive breastfeeding for children under 6 months old can be achieved by 2025 by an annual investment of U.S. $ 4.70 per newborn.

A study by the Global Breastfeeding Collective - a new initiative to improve breastfeeding rates - showed only 40 percent of young babies were exclusively breastfed for six months, as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Present annual funding is at $85 million by donors and $250 million by governments in low and middle income countries.

Infants should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life to achieve optimal growth, development and health.

On breast milk, the paediatrician said that it contains mostly water, adding that there was no reason to give babies water in the first six months after birth.

Mothers who do not breastfeed have a higher risk of premenopausal breast cancer, ovarian cancer, Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus described breastmilk as "a baby's first vaccine", protecting them from potentially deadly diseases.

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Consequently, UNICEF and WHO have come together with 20 prominent worldwide agencies and non-governmental organizations to form the Global Breastfeeding Collective, to be launched on August 1, the first day of World Breastfeeding Week.

Fully implement the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes and relevant World Health Assembly resolutions through strong legal measures that are enforced and independently monitored by organisations free from conflicts of interest, among others.

Breastfeeding is great for the baby's immune system, both over the short and long term.

"The fantastic thing about breastfeeding is that it supports the brain development of children, building their "cognitive capital" and ensuring they learn and grow into happy, healthy and productive adults".

According to the Factsheet, in Nigeria the level of breastfeeding is only 17 per cent, a situation the UNICEF has said is contributing to the problem of chronic child malnutrition in the country, where it says not less than 11 million children under five are malnourished.

Breastfeeding activist and South African Breast Milk Reserve (SABR) executive director Stasha Jordan said: "The survey is welcome evidence that society can and will change its attitude to breastfeeding, given the right interventions".

UHCS is excited to support area families by celebrating World Breastfeeding Week and Georgia Breastfeeding Month with activities to raise awareness about breastfeeding among patients and staff, special gifts for all babies born at UHCS during this week, and a kickoff of the Georgia 5-STAR initiative. It improves nutrition (SDG2), prevents child mortality and decreases the risk of non-communicable diseases (SDG3), and supports cognitive development and education (SDG4).

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