August 3, 2017 By Regina Pratt
The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated in a press release on Tuesday 1st August, 2017, that breastfeeding was not only a woman’s job but that mothers also needed support from their healthcare providers, families, employers, communities, and government.
“Breastfeeding protects children from illness, increases their intelligence quotient (IQ), and creates a strong bond between mother and child,” the release stated.
The release also noted that increase rates of breastfeeding would reduce inequalities and nurture economies by producing a stronger, more able workforce and by lowering healthcare costs.
The WHO press statement stated that nations are not adequately protecting, promoting, or supporting breastfeeding, as per evaluation done in 194 countries, by the Global Breastfeeding Scorecard.
“WHO calls on countries to implement policies and programmes to encourage breastfeeding, such as paying of family leave and workplace breastfeeding policies,” the release ended.