On 29th Jan the Lancet published a new Series on Breastfeeding. It presented new evidence on the health and economic benefits of breastfeeding proving short-term and long-term health, economic and environment advantages to children, women, and society.
If India were to universalize breastfeeding in coming years, new evidence tells us that it could reduce thousands of child deaths and episodes of diarrhea, pneumonia annually. Also, a 3 point increase in IQ of all children, rich or poor has been reported.
Among the long- term health benefits breastfeeding can prevent 1 out of 3 new cases of type 2 diabetes (35%), and can reduce obesity by 26%. It can also help in reducing 4915 deaths due to breast cancer annually in women.
Taking on from the Lancet series BPNI /IBFAN Asia have come up with a document titled "Breastfeeding Lancet Series 2016: India’s Road Map”.
The document provides India specific future plan of action and investment estimates for breastfeeding interventions on scaling up breastfeeding rates to realize these gains.