Because the “earliest years” of life are the most crucial, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) published a list of new family-friendly policy recommendations on Friday it says will likely reap “huge” benefits.
Paid parental leave
According to UNICEF, a one-month increase in paid maternity leave in low-and-middle-income countries has been found to reduce infant mortality rates by 13 percent. In high-income countries, each additional week of paid parental leave is associated with more than a four percent lower chance of single mothers living in poverty. Paid parental leave of six months also helps promote exclusive breastfeeding, according to the agency.
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