Practice Update

World Breastfeeding Week 2017

Posted on August 4, 2017 - 4:46pm
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Each year the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) chooses a theme for this week. This year it is “Sustaining Breastfeeding Together”. This theme is designed to dovetail with the 17 WHO/UN Sustainable Development Goals (these SDGs took over from the Millenium Development Goals).

In our own way here at Sydney Mother and Baby we Sustain Breastfeeding Together – due to the generosity of Dr Morris in providing lactation support to all his patients. I am sure we would have the highest breastfeeding rates of any practice in Australia.

There are four specific areas:

  • Nutrition, Food Security and Poverty Reduction.
  • Survival, Health and Wellbeing
  • Environment and Climate Change
  • Women’s Productivity and Employment

Some facts:

  • Undernutrition, including sub optimal breastfeeding, underlies 45% of all deaths of children under five annually.
  • Not breastfeeding is associated with economic losses of about $302US annually or 0.49% of the global gross national income
  • Every additional month of paid maternity leave decreases infant mortality rates by 13%
  • Only 53% of countries meet the ILO 14 week minimum standard for maternity leave.
  • It is estimated that more than 4000 litres of water are needed to produce 1kg of formula.

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