Adult breastfeeding south africa
Richter Despite all these benefits, only 38% of babies are exclusively breastfed across the world.
Breastfeeding has been proven to protect the health of mothers and babies.
One of these is the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, a UNICEF and World Health Organisation scheme launched in 1991.
The idea was to make sure that all maternity wards, whether free standing or in a hospital, became centres of breastfeeding support.
Since its launch, more than 152 countries have signed up to the initiative.
And by 2012 more than 21 300 facilities were designated baby friendly.
This is close to 30% of all facilities worldwide and 31% of facilities in low and middle income countries.