21 Feb Save the Children Releases New Report on the Importance of Earlier Breastfeeding
Save the Children’s new report, Superfood for Babies, estimates that breastfeeding immediately after birth could save the lives of 830,000 babies around the world every year. The report explains that earlier breastfeeding is also associated with exclusive breastfeeding through the first six months of a child’s life – which is a protective measure against diseases including pneumonia and diarrhea. The document also describes the barriers that often prevent mothers from breastfeeding, including societal and cultural beliefs, access to healthcare, and a marketing emphasis on formula. The report can be viewed online here.
Additionally, Save the Children is also encouraging Americans to sign a petition to Senator Kerry urging continued support to the 2010 global nutrition initiative, which has helped several countries develop nutrition strategies. The initiative is set to expire this June.