In a joint statement, the WHO and Unicef have pointed out that in the current context of food crisis, breastfeeding has become essential as a source of nutrients for millions of babies and children, in addition to offering them immune defenses.
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The conflicts that are developing in different countries of the world and the global food crisis make the Breastfeeding is more important than ever, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations agency for children, UNICEF, said today. (Also read: The lies of slimming products)
This Monday begins World Breastfeeding Week, dedicated to raising awareness in governments and communities about the multiple benefits of this way of feeding the newborn, which are well known and scientifically proven.
Despite this, less than half of the newly born are fed by their mothers in the first hour of life and only 44% of babies are fed exclusively with breast milk in their first six months of life, while the rest are more vulnerable to various diseases and death.
In a joint statement, the WHO and Unicef have pointed out that in the current context of the food crisis, the Breastfeeding It has become fundamental as a source of nutrients for millions of babies and children, in addition to offering them immune defenses. (You may be interested in: Monkeypox, key in the health agenda in Latin America)
“Breastfeeding works as the baby’s first vaccine, protecting it from the most common childhood diseases,” they noted.
Given all the evidence of its great benefits, both organizations have asked governments to allocate more resources to promote Breastfeeding, in particular, those aimed at the most vulnerable families.
He has also asked them to protect health workers from the “unethical influence” of the formula milk industry, which works hard to make pregnant women and mothers believe that its product is equal to or superior to breast milk. (Also read: Malnutrition, respiratory infections and malaria: the refugee health landscape)
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