The scores are in, and not one country is living up to the recommended standards for breastfeeding.
UNICEF, WHO and the Global Breastfeeding Collective released the Global Breastfeeding Scorecard and called out countries for failing to invest in breastfeeding.
- 40% of children under 6 months old are breastfed exclusively
- 23 countries have exclusive breastfeeding rates above 60%
- In China, India, Indonesia, Mexico and Nigeria, under-investment in breastfeeding results in ~236,000 child deaths/year
Investing less than $5 per baby could boost exclusive breastfeeding globally among children under 6 months to 50% by 2025, save the lives of 520,000 children, and generate $300 billion in economic gain, according to the report.