Breastfeeding: A Mother’s Gift, for Every Child

Breastfeeding, initiated within the first hour of birth, provided exclusively for six months, and continued up to two years or beyond with the provision of safe and appropriate complementary foods, is one of the most powerful practices.

Mother and child's bond during the breastfeeding (photo taken in Changsha, Hunan Province, China, May, 2013).
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Highlights

This report from UNICEF shares new analysis on breastfeeding practices around the world and sets out key recommendations for governments, the private sector, civil society and communities in low-, middle- and high-income countries to increase breastfeeding rates. The report finds that more than 1 in 5 babies in high-income countries are never breastfed, compared to 1 in 25 in low- and middle-income countries.

Mother and child's bond during the breastfeeding (photo taken in Changsha, Hunan Province, China, May, 2013).
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