Breastfeeding promotion, protection and support is a global activity that addresses all 5 components of Theme 3.
Breastfed infants will have virtually 100% access to adequate food all year round. Most women can breastfeed, when their society welcomes and encourages it.
Breastfed children grow appropriately, and healthily.
Breastfeeding is an ecologically sound activity, a sustainable and renewable resource.
Breastfeeding enables smallholders to conserve their resources by reducing fertility and expenditure.
Breastfeeding is only wasted when it is not done. In a shrinking world and facing political and climate unrest, why encourage mothers to throw food away?
Breastfeeding for at least 2 years, with the gradual introduction of iron-rich complementary foods around 6 months is an appropriate objective for every country. This objective has no time limits, and will apply to today's generation and at least seven generations to come.
This thematic discussion was led by FAO and WFP in collaboration with “The World We Want”.
The consultation was facilitated by the Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN Forum)