UNICEF went to Sekong Province, southern Lao PDR, to take a look at how UNICEF and the Lao Government work with people like the amazing Mrs Bik to promote breastfeeding. Click on the Mrs Bik's photo to follow her story (when Flickr opens, click 'show info' at the top to read the story).
|Mrs Bik promoted breastfeeding in her village|
Exclusive breastfeeding is the perfect way to provide the best food for a baby’s first six months of life, benefiting children the world over. But breastfeeding is so much more than food alone; breastfed infants are much less likely to die from diarrhoea, acute respiratory infections and other diseases: a non-breastfed child is 14 times more likely to die n the first six months than an exclusively breastfed child.
With Lao PDR having the highest under-5 child mortality rate in the region, helping mothers learn about exclusive breastfeeding in some of the hardest to reach villages is important to help offer their children a fairer start in life.
Photo & Story by Simon Nazer