Promoting breastfeeding to improve child health

Mother-to-mother support in breastfeeding in the Andean region

Breastfeeding is important to improving child health and nutrition regardless of what part of the world you live in.

During World Breastfeeding Week celebrated August 1st through to 7 , the UN is calling for the benefits of breastfeeding to be broadcast beyond the clinics and delivery rooms.

Only 36 per cent of infants under six months of age in developing countries are exclusively breastfed.

Dr. Maria del Carmen Casanovas says exclusive breastfeeding is important.

"Breastfeeding it's important because it is the single most effective intervention to reduce under five child mortality. This early initiation of exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months and continued breastfeeding for two years or more together with complementary foods appropriate for the 6 months can reduce mortality among children by one fifth."

Breastfeeding can also help achieve the Secretary-General's Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health launched last year.

It aims at saving 16 million women and children under five years of age in the 49 lowest income countries by 2015.

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