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Initiativ Liewensufank - IBFAN Publication on climate change and health

What does breastfeeding have to do with climate change? That is the question IBFAN, the International Baby Food Action Network, is asking – and answering – in their publication on climate change and health. Initiativ Liewensufank is a member of IBFAN Luxembourg.

Infants and small children are among the most vulnerable groups to extreme weather events and other effects of climate change. Breastfeeding is the first step towards protecting human health, short- and long-term. It is also the first step towards protecting the health of our environment and conserving our planet’s scarce natural resources. It strengthens the immune system of babies, leading to a better protection against diseases during emergencies.

Infant formula not only contains none of this natural protection, it also carries additional health threats when it is prepared in unhygienic conditions with unsafe water, which often happens in evacuation camps and emergency situations. In addition, the manufacturing, packaging, transport, and preparation of formula uses energy and natural resources, creates waste, and pollutes the environment.

Breastfeeding helps alleviate the effects caused by natural disasters due to climate change

  • It helps mitigate climate change;
  • Optimises short and long-term health outcomes for mothers and babies, and;
  • Economises our planet’s scarce natural resources: water, fuel and minerals.

It is therefore not only the healthy solution, but also environmentally friendly. It helps to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change. IBFAN’s message is therefore: “Every breastfeeding mother contributes to the health of her baby and to the health of our planet.”

Five language versions of the IBFAN climate change and health publication are available here - English, French, Spanish, Italian and Russian

Formula feeding is the formula for disaster for the environment, say experts!

BPNI / IBFAN Asia’s publication “Formula for Disaster: weighing the impact of formula feeding Vs breastfeeding on environment” is available in English, Italian and French.

The publication aims to raise awareness of the positive impact of breastfeeding on our environment and throws light on the negative impact of formula feeding.

Last updated on 15 October 2015

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