Uganda ranks highly among countries with exclusive breastfeeding rates above 60 per cent.
Uganda ranks highly among countries with exclusive breastfeeding rates above 60 per cent, according to the Global Breastfeeding Scorecard launched today by UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Burundi, Cape Verde, Eritrea, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda and Zambia are the other African nations listed among the 23 countries with exclusive breastfeeding rates above 60 percent in a scorecard which evaluated 194 nations.
However, the report, compiled in collaboration with the Global Breastfeeding Collective, a new initiative to increase global breastfeeding rates, notes that no country in the world fully meets recommended standards for breastfeeding.
Evidence shows that breastfeeding has cognitive and health benefits for both infants and their mothers.
It is especially critical during the first six months of life, helping prevent diarrhea and pneumonia, two major causes of death in infants.
The scorecard was released alongside a new analysis demonstrating