World Environment Day 2006
As the world celebrates World Environment Day on June 5, WABA would like to remind everyone about the ecological benefits of breastfeeding and that the practice of bottle feeding including the production of breastmilk substitutes and baby foods are non- renewable products that create ecological damage at every stage of their production, distribution and use . One of the five principles of the World Breastfeeding Charter state that:
Breastfeeding is Nature's Way!
- Breastfeeding is a natural and renewable resource - there is no substitute for breastmilk!
- Breastfeeding causes no pollution and is the best example of how humanity can sustain itself through provision of the first and most complete food for humans
- Breastfeeding protects the environment by reducing ecological damage by reduced production, distribution and disposal of breastmilk substitutes and other related products
For more information about Breastfeeding and the Environment, please see:
WBW 1997 Action Folder
and also join the global campaign for a toxic-free world by reading the FAQ Sheet,
Towards Healthy Environments for Children: Frequently asked questions about breastfeeding in a contaminated environment which emerged out of the combined efforts of breastfeeding and environmental health and justice groups in addressing breastfeeding in a contaminated environment.