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WireUpdate: World Health Organization calls on heath facilities to implement steps to help mothers breastfeed

July 30, 2010

GENEVA (BNO NEWS) — The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday reiterated its call on health facilities and health workers to implement a number of steps to help mothers breastfeed successfully and improve their babies’ health and chances of survival.

It comes just days before the start of the World Breastfeeding Week, which is celebrated from August 1 to August 7 in more than 170 countries around the world.

The WHO says breast milk is the ideal food for newborns and infants. It is safe, gives babies the nutrients they need for healthy development and contains antibodies that help protect infants from common childhood illnesses.

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