IBFAN Africa 9th Regional Conference theme: "Prevention and Management of Chronic Malnutrition through Appropriate IYCF Practices." IBFANers are urged to source funds for participation in the Regional Conference to be held in Uganda. The conference which was earmarked for September/October 2014 has now been postponed to 2015 ; exact dates will be communicated in due course. Keep on visiting this site for more details.
Key message of the week
Breastfeeding helps protect babies and young children against dangerous illnesses. It also creates a special bond between mother and child.
Breastmilk is a baby's 'first immunization'. It helps to protect against diarrhoea, ear and chest infections, and other health problems. The protection is greatest when breastmilk alone is given for the first six months and when breastfeeding continues along with other foods well into the second year and beyond. No other milks, foods or supplements can provide the protection of breastmilk.
Breastfeeding helps a mother and baby form a close, loving relationship – a process called bonding. The close contact and attention help infants feel secure and loved, which is important for their growth and development.
The father and other family members can help by encouraging the mother to rest quietly while she breastfeeds the baby. They can also make sure the mother has enough nutritious food and help with household tasks and caring for older children.
1. Conflicts of interest
The Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) initiative: IBFAN’s concern about the role of businesses
The INTERNATIONAL BABY FOOD ACTION NETWORK (IBFAN) is a 33 year-old global network that works to protect, promote and support breastfeeding and food-based complementary feeding, in realization of a child’s right to health and adequate food. IBFAN is committed to working with governments, the United Nations and other organisations to address child survival and to draw the world’s attention to strategies that tackle malnutrition in a just, equitable and sustainable way, giving priority to peoples’ ability to produce and access nutritious foods locally.
Breastfeeding and child survival, the most effective intervention gets the least attention
Breastfeeding tops the list of effective preventive interventions for child survival. Together with appropriate complementary feeding these two have more impact even than immunization, safe water and sanitation.There is no food more locally produced, affordable and sustainable than breastmilk. Breastfeeding reduces the risk of diarrhea, chest infections (the biggest killers of children) and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease and cancers. It is also an important factor in child spacing for the millions of women who have no access to modern forms of contraception.In the second year of life breastfeeding can provide 29% of energy requirements, 43% of protein, 75% of Vitamin A, 76% of Folate, 94% of vitamin C. An analysis by Action Against Hunger (ACF) show that breastfeeding is the 3rd least popular intervention in terms of funding and that product-based micronutrient interventions are now dominating the nutrition scene.