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2008.08.11


* UNICEF urges more support for mothers as World Breastfeeding Week begins
* 02 min 10 secs


For some it is instinctive … for others a challenge.


But around the world, mothers are learning to appreciate the enormous benefits of breastfeeding their babies.


Soundbite (English), Nicholas Alipui, Director of Programmes, UNICEF: “There’s nothing like it, People don’t realize how vastly different breast milk is from infant formula.”


Many, of course do. These midwives in Indonesia and Nepal counsel women in their communities to adopt optimal feeding practices, including exclusive breastfeeding. In African countries from Gambia to Madagascar rates have shot up thanks to local support programs and mother groups. And where breastfeeding increases, child mortality decreases.


On World Breastfeeding Week, UNICEF recognizes this important role of support groups and their impact on child survival and maternal health:


Soundbite (English), Nicholas Alipui, Director of Programmes, UNICEF : “It is crucial that the inner circle around the child and the mother have a good understanding of the benefits of exclusive breastfeeding and to make sure that throughout the process all the misconceptions about breastfeeding are dealt with.”


Challenging common beliefs about the inferiority of breast milk to infant formula … championing the need for more legislation to provide working mothers the time and place to nurse … and encouraging new mothers to persevere with breastfeeding despite complications or logistics – these are tasks that are even more critical in times economic stress, food insecurity, and natural disasters.


Experts estimate that up to 1.4 million infant deaths a year could be prevented with exclusive breastfeeding. With more support – the world can recognize that the health of the infant lies, quite literally, with the mother.


This is Elizabeth Kiem for UNICEF Television, Unite for Children

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