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Investing In Breastfeeding Will Help Future Generations Thrive

“Out of 135 million babies born each year, 83 million are not properly breastfed. … Several resolutions on infant and young child nutrition adopted by the [WHO] … have committed governments, global communities and the United Nations to a plethora of actions; yet the rates of optimal infant and young child feeding practices continue to stagnate,” Arun Gupta, co-founder and central coordinator of the Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India, an affiliate of the International Baby Food Action Network for Asia, writes in a Devex opinion piece. “It is time to implement the necessary interventions to universalize optimal breastfeeding, and national governments, donor agencies and multilateral organizations and institutions must make the resources available,” he writes, adding, “Raising breastfeeding rates can propel developing nations to improving child health, reducing child morbidity and mortality, increasing the overall intellectual capacity of society and reducing non-communicable disease” (12/10).