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World Breastfeeding Week 2020: Support Breastfeeding for a Healthier Planet

breastfeeding week 2020

How appropriate, given our state of the world right now. The CoVid19 virus has created a positive impact on the environment. Less people are driving, less production, and overall pollution being created.

What Does any of This Have to do With Breastfeeding?

The production and packaging of formula creates a lot of waste. The opposite is true of breastmilk. It is a naturally occurring substance that does not require fossil fuels to produce packaging. There is none. And women who breastfeed save one of our most precious natural resources, water. No washing bottles and nipples.

“The breastmilk substitute industry is worth USD70 billion annually and continues to market its products that contravene international recommendations and national legislation. During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, violations by the industry have escalated and are a cause of huge concern.”

Concern, not only for the environment, but for the health of MotherBaby couples everywhere. The seed of the immune system starts before birth. Breastmilk seeds and feeds the infant microbiome, the beginning of a healthy immune system.

Like with so many other causes, I always ask myself” “What can I do?” I am hoping you do the same. There is a lot you can do, and none of it requires money or a lot of time.

Social media has made it very easy to share #worldbreastfeedingweek2020.

There are several hashtags you can use, and lots of things you can do. Check out the social media kit available to everyone who cares about breastfeeding and planet earth. There is no time like now to talk about the implications of not breastfeeding.

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