Published: Thu, August 03, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Countries failing to meet breastfeeding targets, new global report finds

Countries failing to meet breastfeeding targets, new global report finds

Also, two thirds of mothers in the State breastfeed exclusively for the first six months.This when studies have shown that breastfeeding is important to improve nutrition, education, and maternal and child health and survival of children , As Reported By Hindu.

Evidences for the health as well as cognitive benefits of breastfeeding for both the mother and their infants do already exist. It contributes to healthy growth and development, protecting children during their critical first two years, as well as later in life.

The report calls for an investment of US$4.7 per newborn into efforts to increase the number of babies under six months who are exclusively breastfed - this translates to a global investment of US$5.7 billion.

Also, the decreased illness and health care cost along with the increased productivity is likely to generate economic gains of USA $ 300 billion over 10 years.

"We also urge them to strengthen policy provision that support maternity leave and breastfeeding in work places to encourage nursing mothers to breastfeed their babies, " he said.

During the launch, which took place at the beginning of World Breastfeeding Week on August 1, the collective also released a report titled "Nurturing the Health and Wealth of Nations: The Investment Case for Breastfeeding".

"Breastfeeding gives babies the best possible start in life", the director-general of the WHO, Dr. Tedros Adhanom, said in a release.

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"The Global Breastfeeding Collective", was led by UNICEF and the WHO. Each year, governments in lower- and middle-income countries spend approximately $250 million on breastfeeding promotion - donors provide only an additional $85 million.

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.

No country does enough to help mothers breastfeed their babies for the recommended minimum of six months, a United Nations -backed study said on Tuesday, as it called for governments to clamp down on baby-formula marketing and pass laws for paid maternity leave.

In SA, progress on these seven recommendations has been made, which were part of the 2011 Tshwane declaration to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.

Limpopo Department of Health deputy director of nutrition, Daddy Matthews, said previous year the department expanded its human milk banking activities, aiming to protect, promote and support breastfeeding, by establishing the first state-of-the-art human milk banking facility in Limpopo.

Other initiatives adopted by SA include the implementation of the Mother Baby Friendly Initiative, with 70% of public health facilities participating. While the research is there to make a case for every woman to feed her baby by breastfeeding, there are obstacles that stand in the way of making this happen.

She explained that the initiative was aimed at providing platforms for stakeholders to promote, protect and support exclusive breastfeeding in achieving sustainable development goals.

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