Superfood for Babies: Breastfeeding Report

Are We Supporting Moms Enough?

Are We Supporting Moms Enough?

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If all women around the world breastfed their babies immediately after birth, the lives of 830,000 babies a year could be saved. Read the full report

Did you know that it costs just $25 to provide guidance on newborn care and breastfeeding?

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All women deserve the support they need to breastfeed, if they choose to. Breastfeeding has important benefits for moms and babies everywhere, and can literally save lives in the developing world. Save the Children’s new report, Superfood for Babies, estimates that 830,000 babies could be saved if all women breastfed in the first hour of life. Exclusive breastfeeding for six months could save even more lives. Yet, the report explains, moms face four significant barriers to successful breastfeeding. They are cultural and community pressures, the health worker shortage, lack of maternity legislation, and inappropriate marketing of breast-milk substitutes. Read the press release

Tell Secretary Kerry to Fight for Newborn Nutrition

Breastfeeding is the world’s most powerful defense when it comes to saving children’s lives. It offers babies the best possible protection against malnutrition, which leads to thousands of children dying every single day. Yet women who wish to breastfeed often face major barriers.

All mothers should be able to make the choices that will give their babies the best start in life. All babies deserve to reach their full potential through good nutrition in the critical 1,000 day window from their mom’s pregnancy to their second birthday.

Families in impoverished communities around the world have been getting that support thanks in part to the 1,000 Days Call to Action – an initiative led by the US government that is set to expire in the coming months unless caring people like you speak out.

Vulnerable children need you to be their voice and tell the Secretary of State, John Kerry to demand renewal of the 1,000 Days Call to Action! Sign our petition

Watch the video with Isla Fisher

Actress Isla Fisher travels with Save the Children to Brazil to see how breastfeeding support is saving lives.

 

How Health Workers are Helping

Find out how Desita, a new mom and local health worker in Indonesia, is helping other mothers learn to breastfeed. Read the blog

More About the Report

We look to corporations which manufacture baby formula to increase efforts to promote early breastfeeding. Here are some of their responses to our report

Statement from the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI)  

“The current state-of-the-science supports the American Academy of Pediatrics’ position on Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk, which reads in part ‘The American Academy of Pediatrics reaffirms its recommendation of exclusive breastfeeding for about 6 months, followed by continued breastfeeding as complementary foods are introduced, with continuation of breastfeeding for 1 year or longer as mutually desired by mother and infant.’ ILSI applauds Save the Children’s efforts to help families worldwide achieve this important goal.”