Wednesday Wisdom on the benefits of breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is a vital part of providing every child with the healthiest start to life. It is a baby’s best source of nutrition and it can bolster brain development. Breastfeeding is a smart investment and can save 520,000 children’s lives in the next 10 years. Not only does breastfeeding improve the life and development of a child, it can also improve the health of women and benefit a country’s economy. According to the World Health Organization, every $1 invested in breastfeeding generates $35 in economic returns. As we celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, we highlight the importance of breastfeeding for children and nations.

The Impact of Breastfeeding

  • Supporting breastfeeding can avoid nearly 50 percent of diarrhea and other common diseases such as pneumonia.
  • Breastfeeding could prevent 823,000 child deaths per year.
  • Breastfeeding can build a young child’s brain and contribute to higher IQ scores.

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Samra Khawaja manages Save the Children Action Network’s social media. She hopes to be a voice for children around the world, one tweet and one hashtag at a time. #InvestInKids

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