What does infant feeding have to do with the environment?

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Breastmilk is a natural, renewable food that’s environmentally safe because it’s produced and delivered to the baby without pollution, packaging or waste.

Infant formula requires farming, storage, pasteurization, processing, packaging, shipping and recycling. Also, the dairy industry is a large contributor to methane emissions. Feeding infant formula leaves a major environmental footprint that contributes to the depletion of natural resources, environmental degradation and greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming and climate change.

Raising awareness about the environmental impact of how an infant is fed is crucial for our planet. Protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding safeguards the environment. The more families that breastfeed, the greater the impact on human and environmental health!

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