UN experts have said that States should be providing more support and protection when it comes to breastfeeding.
Statistics from UNICEF suggest that only one third of the world’s infants are exclusively breastfed during the first 6 months following childbirth, with breastfeeding rates remaining static.
UN experts highlight practical ways in which countries can promote, support and protect breastfeeding such as, paid maternity leave and safe working environments for feeding or expressing milk.
In a statement the UN says: “Children have the right to life, survival and development and to the highest attainable standard of health, of which breastfeeding must be considered an integral component.
“Women have the right to accurate, unbiased information in order to make an informed choice about breastfeeding…and they have a right to…appropriate conditions in public spaces for breastfeeding which are crucial to ensure successful breastfeeding.
“States should adopt comprehensive and enforceable normative measures to protect babies and mothers from harmful practices, and fully align with the recommendations contained in the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes and new WHO guidance.”
More information on the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes can be found on the UNICEF website.
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