Woman Breastfeeding her small infant while outside
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Breastfeeding produces numerous benefits for both mom and baby.  Nearly 823,000 children under 5-years-old and 20,000 women could be saved annually if optimal breastfeeding practices were universally adopted. For infants, breast milk supports optimal cognitive and physical development, and reduces the risk of deadly diseases like diarrhea and respiratory infections. For nursing women, breastfeeding helps improve birth spacing, and reduces the risk of breast and ovarian cancers and chronic diseases.

Breastfeeding plays an essential role in both maternal and child health, but it’s not just mom’s job. All of us can step up for breastfeeding! To achieve WHO’s Global Nutrition Target of increasing the rate of exclusive breastfeeding in the first six months of life to at least 50 percent by 2025, we must all commit to protecting, promoting, and supporting breastfeeding. This World Breastfeeding Week, join us as we continue to elevate breastfeeding across communities and health systems around the world:

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