Baby health crisis in Indonesia as formula companies push products
Indonesia’s child mortality rates, at 35 per 1,000, are high anyway, but in the lowest wealth quintile, mortality is nearly five times higher than in the wealthiest.
Pakistan: 1200 Trained Health Workers to Sensitize Breastfeeding
Provincial health officials and UNICEF say there is a dire need to promote breastfeeding to decrease the ratio of infant, child and maternal mortality in Pakistan.
India lags behind in breastfeeding practices: Report
India falls short on percentage of women breastfeeding with an hour of birth of their newborns while lack of national-level authority hinders ability for country to improve.
Save the Children: Don’t dilute breastfeeding provisions of Milk Code
Save the Children has advised lawmakers in the Philippines to not tamper with the Milk Code because of the benefits of breastfeeding over milk substitutes.
Early life nutrition
For mothers who cannot breastfeed, finding alternatives should be guided by current science-based standards.
SOUTH AFRICA: Policy turnaround on breastfeeding
The South African government has rethought its policy on infant feeding and move to discontinue the free provision of formula milk at hospitals and clinics, and promote an exclusive breastfeeding strategy for all mothers, including those living with HIV.
Lebanon bucking global breast-feeding trend
In the past few decades, public opinion in many countries has swung heavily in favor of the “breast is best” approach – new mothers are encouraged, and perhaps pressured, to breast- rather than bottle-feed their infants.
WHO gives Philippines big hug for newborns’ care
During the the 3 day conference held in Colombo, Filipino, health experts shared with their counterparts from Western Pacific Region the three-year-old program that not only improved infant nutrition but also addressed high rates of infant mortality.
Better nursing can reduce child mortality: experts
Health experts at a seminar said that neonatal, infant as well as child mortality rates could potentially be drastically reduced in Pakistan if mothers began nursing their children within the first hour of birth.
India: Tamil Nadu’s Kids not breastfed, at risk
Tamil Nadu’s high rates of institutional deliveries may ensure that most pregnant women deliver under the watchful eye of a doctor or nurse, but infant mortality rates still remain high, with babies dying due to poor nutrition and infections.