Evidence on the benefits of breastfeeding is already available to us. We know that breastfeeding aids the survival of infants and helps them thrive, has long-term health benefits for women, yields economic benefits and enhances the wellbeing of all. The challenge for champions of breastfeeding is to translate globally agreed policies to positive action in our communities.
We learned in WBW2016 how the protection, promotion and support for breastfeeding are a key to sustainable development. We grouped the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into four Thematic Areas that relate to each other and to breastfeeding. These four groups help us to define our work in the context of the SDGs. From this year onwards, they will also help us find others to work with.
Many hands make light work and each of us has a part to play. Let us start!