July 27, 2017
Written by Alive and Thrive
The recent Lancet Breastfeeding Series underscored that improving breastfeeding practices worldwide will be a fundamental driver in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Well-established evidence shows that breastfeeding is one of the smartest investments that countries can make to ensure a healthy, equitable and sustainable future. In low-, middle- and high-income countries alike, the benefits for individuals and families include ending preventable child deaths and improving health, educational attainment, and productivity. Stronger breastfeeding policies and programmes are essential to driving progress in reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health— and they directly support the achievement of numerous Sustainable Development Goals and the Global Strategy for Women’s Children’s and Adolescents’ Health.