NEW YORK, USA, 31 July 2009 - UNICEF
and the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action are commemorating World
Breastfeeding Week, 1-7 August 2009, by underscoring the vital importance
of breastfeeding during emergencies.
Globally, only 38 percent of infants
under the age of six months are exclusively breastfed, though research
shows that optimal breastfeeding is the single most effective preventive
intervention for reducing infant mortality.
"Breast milk offers an excellent
source of nutrition for infants and, especially where clean water is lacking,