Breastfeeding at birth: UNICEF’s call to action
Promoting the power of a mom’s milk during World Breastfeeding Week
NEW YORK — This week marks World Breastfeeding Week, and UNICEF is using this time to bring attention to the power of breastfeeding within an hour of a baby’s birth, providing essential nutrients, antibodies and skin-to-skin contact with mom and contributing to a healthy start in life.
Many infants are fed other liquids or food such as cow’s milk or sugar water during the first few days of life, depending on the customs of the mother’s culture, but breastmilk is key. “[It’s] a baby’s first vaccine, the first and best protection they have against illness and disease,” said France Bégin, senior nutrition adviser, UNICEF.
Christian Children’s Fund of Canada is working in Ethiopia to ensure expectant mothers receive the medical care they need before, during and after labour. To read more about how our maternal- and child-health projects are making an impact, visit ccfcanada.ca.