Session 8: Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding has immense benefits for both the mother and newborn. Breastfeeding protects newborn babies and infants; it saves lives and has profound impact on a child’s health, nutrition and development.[i] If every baby was exclusively breastfed from birth, about 1.5 million lives would be saved each year.[ii] Breastfeeding has short- and long-term health, psychosocial, and economic benefits for the mother. Breastfeeding benefits families and countries as a whole, for example, by reducing costs of treating illness and protecting the environment. Virtually all mothers can breastfeed if given appropriate advice, encouragement, and support, as well as practical assistance to resolve any problems.

[i] Unicef. August 4, 2014. “Breastfeeding.” Accessed on August 28, 2014.

[ii] Save the Children. 2005. Care of the Newborn Reference Manual. Washington, DC: SCF


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