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Mother’s milk: Key to a child’s healthy start in life

Young Elnaz overcame malnutrition that started at birth, when her mother, Fatima, did not breastfeed her. Photo: ©2013 Narges Ghafary/World Vision

Young Elnaz overcame malnutrition that started at birth, when her mother, Fatima, did not breastfeed her.
Photo: ©2013 Narges Ghafary/World Vision

Today is the last day of World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7). Optimal breastfeeding and nutrition could save 220,000 children’s lives each year, says the World Health Organization. However, according to a recent report, only 38 percent of children are exclusively breastfed in the first six months of life. Even fewer get enough nutrients and diversity in their diet up to the age of 2 — mostly because many women lack the information they need to make good decisions about feeding their children. Read how a mother in Afghanistan learned the importance of breastfeeding her babies.

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