The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has pledged to attach greater importance to breastfeeding promotion efforts in the Lao PDR.
Breastfeeding is very important for child, mother, family, community and nation. Globally, World Breeding Week is commemorated every year from Aug 1-7. More than 130 countries celebrate the World Breeding Week annually, Mr Myo-Zin Nyunt, Deputy Representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund said in an interviewed to media last week, adding that breastfeeding also benefits national economies by helping lower healthcare costs, increase educational attainment and ultimately boost productivity.
This year, the Lao PDR will be celebrating the World Breastfeeding Week through public awareness, through the media, through different TV spots to bring this important issue to every family and community in the Lao PDR, said Nyunt.
World Breeding Week 2017 theme is common good for all. The theme is to achieve sustainable results through the combination of all individual efforts that mix all responsibilities to bring the results – good results for children, mothers, families and good results for the nation.
According to a nationwide survey conducted in 2012, only 40 per cent of mothers exclusively breastfeed babies. It’s still very low though some countries in the region have lower as 20 per cent of exclusive breastfeeding rates.
Breastfeeding brings many benefits to children, infants as they can survive and grow healthily from exclusive breastfeeding. Breastfeeding also has long term health benefits for mothers, families, communities and the entire country.
A 2016 study conducted by World Bank Group suggests that every dollar invested in supporting breastfeeding generates an estimated US$35 dollars in economic returns across lower and middle-income countries. By contrast, low breastfeeding rates translate into billions of dollars’ worth of lost productivity and health care cost to treat preventable illnesses and chronic diseases.
Source: Lao News Agency