Thursday, August 20, 2009

Happy News from the WHO

Not that we really needed any global government organization to tell us about the benefits of a mother breastfeeding her baby, but here we have it. :)

Raising the global breastfeeding rate for infants to six months to 90% would apparently save an estimated 13 percent of the 10 million under-age-5 deaths a year.

And I thought this was a good point... "WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said it was also important that mothers in disaster zones be given the support they need to continue or restart breast-feeding. "During emergencies, unsolicited or uncontrolled donations of breast milk substitutes may undermine breast-feeding and should be avoided," Chan said, arguing abandoning breast-feeding could put vulnerable child lives at extra risk. "The focus should be on active protection and support of breast-feeding.""

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