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Unitar and LactApp Collaborate to Promote Breastfeeding and Maternal Health – Femtech Insider

The first years of an infant’s life are crucial for their development. Exclusive breastfeeding is one of the most effective ways to ensure child health and is particularly important because of its role in reducing morbidity and mortality, reducing the risk of diseases chronic conditions, respiratory infections and certain non-communicable diseases, among other benefits. In 2013-2018, only 43% of newborns started breastfeeding within an hour of birth. Only 41% of infants under six months are exclusively breastfed. While 70% of women continue to breastfeed their child for at least a year, by age two the breastfeeding rate drops to 45%.

To increase attention and mobilize action to improve breastfeeding rates among infants under six months, the World Health Organization General Assembly endorsed a comprehensive implementation plan on maternal, infant and young child nutrition, which specified six global nutrition goals for 2025. The fifth goal was “By 2025, increase the rate of exclusive breastfeeding during the first 6 months to at least 50%”.

Promoting optimal breastfeeding practices such as initiation within the hour of life and duration to two years of age or even beyond is essential to improve breastfeeding and child health in the world. In line with this urgent goal and the overall goal of increasing women’s breastfeeding knowledge and skills by developing and providing a variety of educational tools, UNITARY now collaborates with LactApp Women’s Health support and promote healthy and knowledgeable breastfeeding practices. Through this collaboration, UNITAR and LactApp will offer educational programs, including postgraduate and advanced breastfeeding courses targeting health professionals dedicated to maternal and child health care.

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) provides innovative learning solutions to individuals, organizations and institutions to improve global decision-making and support country-level action to shape a future better.

Since its founding in 2016 in Barcelona, ​​LactApp has been the driving force behind the first breastfeeding app based on Artificial Intelligence, with 500,000 downloads in 177 countries that provides mothers with personalized answers to 100,000 queries per week.