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Stronger with Breastmilk Only echoes the Global Breastfeeding Collective’s calls for increasing financing and better implementation of policies, programs and interventions to provide mothers the support they need to breastfeed exclusively for the first 6 months of life and then continue while giving first foods until 24 months.

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4 of every 10

newborns are breastfed one hour after birth in West and Central Africa.
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3 out of 10

under six months are exclusively breastfed in West and Central Africa.
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Every $1

invested in breastfeeding generates $35 in economic returns.
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823 000

child deaths and 20 000 breast cancer deaths can be prevented by breastfeeding every year.

WHO and UNICEF recommend

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Early initiation

of breastfeeding within one hour of birth.
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Exclusive breastfeeding

for the first six months of life.
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After the first six months of life,

adequate and safe complementary food is recommended together with continued breastfeeding up to two years of age or beyond.