WABA representatives meet with Dr. Olivier de Schutter, United Nation Special Rapporteur for right to food during his visit to Malaysia
At the Round Table Discussion On 11 December 2013, WABA secretariat Puan Nor Kamariah Mohamad Alwi (of the Malaysian Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Association - MBfPC) with Dr Olivier de Shutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food during his official visit to Malaysia. In this Round Table Puan Kamariah was part of the WABA delegation that featured 'Social Protection, and Vulnerable Groups'. Puan Kamariah shared her experiences and challenges of supporting and promoting mothers to breastfeed in various part of Malaysia via the work of MBfPC. WABA asserted that breastfeeding is the right of all children and mothers; and that humankinds' first food, breastmilk, is critical to child survival. Stressing that breastfeeding provides total food security for infants; we noted that there is no more readily available, affordable and nutritious food source than breast milk, a complete food for infants up to six months of age. Breastfeeding continues to provide the growing child with essential nutrients and energy, helping to prevent malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies in the second year of life and beyond, along with other foods. Breast milk is the first food for babies, but breastfeeding also benefits women,families, communities, and our planet as a whole.