August 02, 2005
The damage to children from lack of adequate breastfeeding and lack of good nutrition in the first two years of life can be permanent. Immune-system weakness, stunted growth and compromised intelligence are just some of the possible long-term consequences. In addition, around 5,500 children die every day as a result, one-fifth of all child deaths. And millions more are left to face a childhood of chronic illness and lost opportunities.
I hope more mothers will choose to breastfeed their babies and children and the public (especially in Singapore where mothers are sometime told to nurse in the toilet) will accept breastfeeding as a way of life.