Six Months Strong

Speeches Shim

Monday, August 5, 2019
In Marofody, Madagascar, mother Eliana breastfeeds her daughter Lizia with the support of her husband, Njarasoa.
Heidi Yanulis for CRS

Exclusive breastfeeding — when an infant receives only breast milk without any additional food or drink for the first six months — is the single most effective intervention to reduce child mortality. Despite this, only 37 percent of children in low- and middle-income countries are exclusively breastfed.

In more than 25 countries around the world, USAID supports six months of exclusive breastfeeding followed by continued breastfeeding and the introduction of age-appropriate foods to ensure that children build the foundation for a strong, healthy life.

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