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Breastfeeding is the most natural and effective way to ensuring child
health, proper growth and development.
In support of this year’s World Breastfeeding Week themed “ Breastfeeding: Foundation for Life”
Nestlé launches the second edition of its campaign «Breastfeeding, it takes
all of us».
The campaign encourages mothers to breastfeed and calls on other family
members to support by creating the enabling environment for mothers to
breastfeed. Through the simple message: “ breastfeeding requires the support of everyone”, the company aims
to encourage partners, family members, friends, health care providers, and
workplaces to all pitch in to help mothers exclusively breastfeed up to 6
months of age and continue breastfeeding up to two years of age or beyond
as recommended by World Health Organization.
While breastfeeding is usually the norm in Africa, many babies are given
other foods or liquids before the age of 6 months or are not breastfed
until they reach the age of 2 years. Increasing breastfeeding to
near-universal levels for infants and young children could save over
800,000 children’s lives a year worldwide, prevent 20,000 maternal deaths
due to breast cancer, and add over USD 300 billion to the economy each year
according to the medical journal, The Lancet.
During the week of 1-7 August, Nestlé will support the efforts of
governments across the Central and West Africa region to promote
breastfeeding. In Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast,
the company is organizing scientific symposia that will contribute to
building capacity of Healthcare professionals, such as doctors, midwives
and nurses, to provide advice to mothers regarding optimal breastfeeding as
well as bring to light the critical role breastfeeding plays in a baby’s
growth and development.
Mothers and those supporting them can also access information regarding
breastfeeding and good nutrition during the first 1,000 days of life on
Start Healthy Stay Healthy Facebook platform
or through the Nestlé Nutrition Line, a public service radio
programme, in Ghana and Burkina Faso.
For Nestlé, it is important that the company walks the talk by providing a
breastfeeding-friendly workplace. In 2015, the company launched the
Nestlé Maternity Protection Policy
, one of the most progressive in the Industry, which gives employees up to
six months maternity leave, provides flexible work arrangements as well as
more than 339 breastfeeding rooms on Nestlé sites globally. With a newest
addition in Côte d’Ivoire this year, Nestlé now offers eight breastfeeding
rooms in its workplaces across the region.
“Breastmilk is the ideal food for infants and Nestlé is fully committed to
support breastfeeding as core to its ambition to help 50 million children
lead healthier lives by 2030” said Audrey Essilfie, Regional Nutrition,
Health and Wellness Manager, for Nestlé Central & West Africa.
Breastfeeding is also key to achieving many of the Sustainable Development
Goals (SDGs) such as zero hunger (SDG2), good health and wellbeing (SDG3),
and quality education (SDG4).
To learn more about the company’s purpose of enhancing quality of life and
contributing to a healthier future and how Nestlé supports breastfeeding,
please read the
Nestlé in Society Creating Shared Value and meeting our commitments