By 2025, there is a worldwide goal of increasing the rate of exclusive breastfeeding to 50% in the first six months. The campaign that has set this goal is putting a call out to our world leaders and policy makers to make nutrition a priority for women and children.
“The 1,000 days between a woman’s pregnancy and her child’s 2nd birthday offer a unique window of opportunity to shape healthier and more prosperous futures. The right nutrition during this 1,000 day window can have a profound impact on a child’s ability to grow, learn, and rise out of poverty. It can also shape a society’s long-term health, stability and prosperity.”
Along with other partners, the World Health Organization has produced a series of infographics and and policy briefs to go along with this campaign. The World Health Organization’s stance on breastfeeding is clear making breastfeeding a large part of those 1000 days:
“Review of evidence has shown that, on a population basis, exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months is the optimal way of feeding infants. Thereafter infants should receive complementary foods with continued breastfeeding up to 2 years of age or beyond.”