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New U.N. 10-Step Guidance Encourages Health Facilities To Support Exclusive Breastfeeding For All Infants, Ideally For 2 Years

Reuters: Hospitals must support breastfeeding which saves lives — WHO, UNICEF
“Babies, even those who are premature, underweight, or sickly, should be exclusively breastfed, from the maternity ward and ideally for two years, the U.N. agencies said on Wednesday…” (Nebehay, 4/11).

U.N. News: U.N.’s advice for hospitals: Help mothers breastfeed to give babies best possible start in life
“…The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, issued jointly by the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO), encourages new mothers to breastfeed and informs health workers how best to support breastfeeding…” (4/11).

Xinhua News: New U.N. guidance promotes breastfeeding in health facilities globally
“…WHO statistics show that breastfeeding within the first hour of birth protects newborn babies from infections and saves lives. … Breastfeeding all babies for the first two years would save the lives of more than 820,000 children under age five annually…” (4/11).

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