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Breastfeeding hailed as key to sustainable development

Breastfeeding hailed as key to sustainable development

Africa

As the world observes the world breastfeeding week, the United Nations children’s agency UNICEF is advocating for mothers around the globe to exclusively breastfeed newborns for at least the first 6 months.

The agency says that more than 800,000 lives could be saved annually as a result.

UNICEF has expressed concern over the slow progress that has been made in making this a reality especially in Sub-Saharan Africa.

It says that since 2000, the rate of exclusive breastfeeding in East and Southern Africa has increased by a paltry 10 percent while it has remained unchanged in West and Central Africa, considering the high levels of infant mortality rates of children under 5 years.

Research indicates that a breast feeding child is six times more likely to survive in its first few months.

The World Breastfeeding week which runs from the 1-7 August, has been commemorated since 1992.

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