The International Baby Food Action Network Newsletter

 

Breastfeeding can break the poverty cycle

 

Breastfeeding can break the poverty cycle by increasing the education potential for the child:

 


 
 
  • Exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months decreases the risk of anemia. Anemia in infancy is linked to deficits in language development.
  • Frequent feedings increase mother-child interactions, skin-to-skin contact and sensory stimulation during brain growth.
  • Fewer ear infections mean better hearing, verbal and speech development.
  • It increases learning readiness and I.Q. levels of children at age seven.

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