Breastfeeding: “single most effective investment a country can make”

Breastfeeding: “single most effective investment a country can make” (Hansen 2015)

The World Bank is the largest source of finance for developing countries: it invests in a wide range of development areas in every developing country worldwide such as clean energy, education, health, and water:  “the World Bank sees breastfeeding as a crucial cornerstone of any sound social policy (Hansen 2015)

The author of this article cites Breastfeeding as a very simple and powerful intervention, recognising that it seems odd to use the word ‘intervention’ to describe the “the second most natural behavior of the species” that humans have practised for half a million years but has begun to decline due to modern living. 

Hansen describes breastfeeding as “a natural, renewable food source that needs no packaging, no transportation, no storage, no cooking, and no refrigeration. It goes with you, and it is environmentally friendly”.

“It is a win–win for the health of the mother and the child”

“it has a very, very high rate of return as a pure financial investment”

Breastfeeding: “in sheer, raw bottom-line economic terms, this may be the single most effective investment a country can make in any sector for any reason! [my emphasis]

All the quotations above are from an article by:

Keith Hansen, JD, MPA Global Practices Vice President The World Bank Washington, DC E-mail: abm@bfmed.org

Reference

Hansen K. (2015) The Power of Nutrition and the Power of Breastfeeding. Breastfeed Med 10(8), 385-388.

The article by Keith Hansen in The Journal of Breastfeeding Medicine derives from his presentation at the Seventh Annual Summit on Breastfeeding, First Food: The Essential Role of Breastfeeding, June 2015.

Reference

Hansen K. (2015) The Power of Nutrition and the Power of Breastfeeding. Breastfeed Med 10(8), 385-388, available at:  http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/bfm.2015.0113