Less than 40% of babies under six months of age benefit from exclusive breastfeeding throughout the world, as the World Health Organization (WHO) has pointed out in the framework of the World Breastfeeding Week, which this year is celebrated in 170 countries that intend to increase this percentage.

The objective of the World Maternal Breastfeeding Week 2011 is, precisely, to raise awareness among the population, and especially the youngest, of the important role that communication plays in promoting, protecting and supporting breastfeeding. In this way, it encourages sharing knowledge and experiences about this healthy practice.

The population must be made aware to promote, protect and support breastfeeding

For Flavia Bustreo, deputy general director of Family, Women's and Children's Health of the WHO, this organization joins the World Alliance of Action in favor of Breastfeeding and other organizations to celebrate the World Breastfeeding Week, because the consider the most effective way to reduce deaths in children under five years.

This expert believes that an exclusive diet through breastfeeding, keeping this practice as long as possible and complementing it with another type of food suitable and safe for the baby, would contribute to a decrease in one fifth of infant deaths, in addition to strengthening the emotional ties between mother and son.

The General Secretariat of the United Nations launched in 2010 the Global Health Strategy for Women and Children, which aims to achieve, by 2015, save the lives of 16 million women and children under five in the 49 countries that have income Lower.

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