Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Call for More Investment in Breastfeeding

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Call for More Investment in Breastfeeding

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Many societies are failing to adequately support women to breastfeed their babies, and as a result, most of the world's children do not reap the full benefits of breastfeeding, according to two new reports.

The first report, entitled Nurturing the health and wealth of nations: the investment case for breastfeeding, was developed by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with the Global Breastfeeding Collective, a new initiative launched last month to increase breastfeeding globally.

Governments need to invest more in the promotion of breastfeeding, including paid family leave and workplace breastfeeding policies, and full implementation of the International code of marketing of breast-milk substitutes, according to the report.

The authors estimated that an investment of US$ 4.70 per newborn to promote breastfeeding could save the lives of 520 000 children and generate economic returns of US$ 300 billion across low- and middle-income countries by 2025.

Investment in breastfeeding globally is low. …

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