Protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding will save more lives of babies and children than any other single preventive intervention.
Overwhelming evidence shows that virtually all mothers can breastfeed. Lactation failure is virtually unknown in societies where breastfeeding is highly valued, regarded as a natural physiological function which is the only way to nourish an infant. In these circumstances, families and societies strongly encourage and support breastfeeding. Women in these societies are also less exposed to environments that undermine lactation. Studies show that when mothers are given proper information and support, they breastfeed.
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