August 8, 2017

Report: No country meets recommended breast-feeding standards

The World Health Organization, UNICEF and the Global Breastfeeding Collective reported that all 194 countries failed to comply with all recommended breast-feeding standards, with only 40% of infants younger than age 6 months being exclusively breast-fed and only 23 countries having exclusive breast-feeding rates exceeding 60%. The report also showed that increasing the breast-feeding rate to 50% by 2025 would prevent the deaths of 520,000 young children and yield $300 billion in economic gains within the next decade.

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