World Breastfeeding Week 2019 (1/7 August)

Post date Friday, 2 August, 2019 - 10:03

Food Security Cluster supporting World Breastfeeding Week! 1/7 August 2019 

World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from 1 to 7 August to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. Breastfeeding promotes better health for mothers and children alike. Increasing breastfeeding to near-universal levels could save more than 800 000 lives every year, the majority being children under 6 months. Breastfeeding decreases the risk of mothers developing breast cancer, ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. It is estimated that increased breastfeeding could avert 20 000 maternal deaths each year due to breast cancer. Breastfeeding should start within one hour after birth until a baby is 6 months old.

Source: World Health Organization (WHO)

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