UNICEF urges countries to increase investment in paid maternity leave

UNICEF urges countries to increase investment in paid maternity leave

On sidelines of World Breastfeeding Week UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore urged countries to increase in investment in paid maternity leave.

– Yet, nearly 60 per cent of the world’s infants are missing out on the recommended six months of exclusive breastfeeding. We need far greater investment in paid parental leave and breastfeeding support across all workplaces to increase breastfeeding rates globally”, Henrietta Fore stated.

The purpose of World Breastfeeding Week which lasts to August 7 is promotion of significance of breast milk for babies and accentuation of attention to importance of child care. This year, the commemoration is accompanied by a fact sheet with new data from the 2019 Global Breastfeeding Scorecard.

The benefits of breast milk from supporting healthy brain development in babies and young children, protecting infants against infection, decreasing the risk of obesity and disease, reducing healthcare costs and protecting nursing mothers are known all over the world. Indeed, breast milk is not only food for babies but is the most powerful medicine for various diseases.

In Turkmenistan national Day of Breastfeeding is marked from 1 to 7 September and devoted to realization of the Law on promotion of breastfeeding and requirements for child food. In this period various events on enhancement of awareness of citizens on importance of breastfeeding during the first six months of babies are organized.