WHO, UNICEF to in­crease sup­port for breast­feed­ing

BioSpectrum (Asia) - - Who News -

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.

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