WHO, UNICEF to increase support for breastfeeding
World Health Organisation (WHO) and United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have issued new ten-step guidance to increase support for breastfeeding in health facilities that provide maternity and newborn services. Breastfeeding all babies for the first two years would save the lives of more than 820,000 children under age 5 annually. WHO DirectorGeneral Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated that in many hospitals and communities around the world, whether a child can be breastfed or not can make the difference between life and death, and whether a child will develop to reach his or her full potential. The new guidance describes practical steps countries should take to protect, promote and support breastfeeding in facilities providing maternity and newborn services. They provide the immediate health system platform to help mothers initiate breastfeeding within the first hour and breastfeed exclusively for six months.