From August 1 to 7, 175 countries, including Canada, will be celebrating breastfeeding week as a way to promote its health benefits.
In 1990, the United Nations and governments around the world got together and created eight Millennium Development Goals, and breastfeeding ties into all of them.
Their goal is to decrease poverty and increase better heath in people across the world by 2015.
Here's some facts showing how breastfeeding can better the lives of children globally:
- breastfeeding can eradicate extreme poverty and hunger because it provides nutrients and energy to children. It is cost effective and does not burden households.
- breastfeeding is fundamental for readiness to learn because it can significantly reduce the risk of stunting. It also enhances mental development which leads to the promotion of learning.
-Infant mortality can be readily reduced by 13 per cent with improved breastfeeding practices.
-About 50 to 60 per cent of under five mortality is secondary to malnutrition, mostly because of poor breastfeeding practices.
-breastfeeding leads to less milk industry waste, pharmaceutical waste, plastic and aluminum waste and reduced use of firewood and fossil fuels.