Government says exclusive breastfeeding of children born from HIV positive mothers has proved effective in preventing children from getting the virus.
Lusaka province minister, Lameck Mangani, said children who are exclusively breastfed for at least six months have a higher IQ than those who are not breastfed.
Mr. Mangani said that in 2002, exclusive breastfeeding rates in Zambia stood at 41 per cent.
He was speaking at the launch of international Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) held at Cresta Golf View in Lusaka yesterday.
Speaking earlier, IBFAN Chairperson, Tina Nyirenda, said her organisation was committed to the protection and supporting breastfeeding as a basic human right.
Ms Nyirenda said IBFAN was, with other organisation in Zambia, in support of breastfeeding culture in the country to enhance child survival and safe motherhood.
Speaking at the same function, Regional Coordinator for the Breastfeeding Association of Zambia (BAZ) Pauline Kisanga, in a speech read on her behalf by BAZ Secretary Margaret Mbelenga, said breastfeeding is among the strategies that target to achieve Millennium Development Goals on health by the year 2015.