Breastfeeding ‘for a healthier planet’

World Breastfeeding Week got underway on Saturday, with the UN urging communities everywhere to “support breastfeeding for a healthier planet”. Health agency (WHO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) issued a joint call for governments to protect and promote women’s access to skilled breastfeeding counselling - a critical component of breastfeeding support.

Greater investment in family-friendly policies critical to support breastfeeding – UNICEF

While the benefits of breastfeeding for both children and mothers are extensive, policies that support nursing, particularly in workplaces, are not yet available to most mothers worldwide, the Head of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Wednesday.  

Breastfeeding protects babies and mothers “long-term”: WHO expert

Breastfeeding protects both babies and their mothers from an array of diseases and helps boost their health long-term.

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UN Gender Focus: wartime sexual violence, indigenous peoples and refugee mothers

Sexual violence in conflict crimes “so bad” in South Sudan

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UN Gender Focus: Nigeria's abducted girls, drugs policies and women farmers

“Complicated and challenging” job to liberate Nigeria’s abducted girls

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Mothers helped save Hawaiian language from extinction

Mothers were crucial to so-called “language nests” that brought spoken Hawaiian back from the brink of extinction.

That’s according to activist Amy Kalili, who has been part of the US state of Hawaii’s indigenous language movement since the 1990s.

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