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Press Release: Breastfeeding is Key to Sustainable Development

As we observe World Breastfeeding Week from 1 – 7 August, we recognise that increased breastfeeding has positive effects on the development of our entire society. Breastfeeding is a critical foundation for the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the UN General Assembly in September 2015. These goals are intended to end poverty and to […]

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Championing breastfeeding support in the workplace

The South African Civil Society for Women’s Adolescents’ and Children’s Health (SACSoWACH) hosted a roundtable discussion to encourage better implementation of the Code of Good Practice for breastfeeding in the workplace, in an effort to create enabling environments for breastfeeding in the workplace. The event comes after a recent discovery that while women constitute close […]


Announcing the WHO/UNICEF e-learning Course on the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes

Department of Nutrition for Health and Development (NHD) In spite of clear messages on the importance and advantages of breastfeeding, promotion and sales of breast-milk substitutes, such as infant formula, follow-up formula and other products intended to partially or fully replace breast-milk, continues unabated. Global sales of breast-milk substitutes currently total US$ 44.8 billion, and […]

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South Africa has made giant strides in breastfeeding. But it’s still taboo in public places

Reuters/Adrees Latif Chantell Witten, North-West University South Africa has a long history of promoting breastfeeding as an important part of promoting child health in the country. Even during the height of apartheid, the health fraternity acknowledged the need to keep breastfeeding at the forefront of children’s development. The first breastfeeding campaign was launched in October 1987. Several other […]


What can be done to increase exclusive breastfeeding rates in South Africa?

The promotion of universal exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) is widely recognised as the most effective component of child survival strategies. The multiple advantages of breastfeeding have been well documented.  However, South Africa (SA) has among the lowest EBF rates in Africa and the world at large, with only 7% of mothers exclusively breastfeeding for six months and, linked to this, a […]


SACSoWACH Launches National Art Competition: Babies need MOM-Made, not man-made.

In the build up towards the 2nd World Breastfeeding Conference to be held in South Africa in December, later this year, we have the pleasure to invite students, artists and photographers to participate in the National Art Competition in celebration of breastfeeding, themed “Babies need Mom-Made, not Man-Made”. The competition is organized by the South […]