Approximately 800,000 child deaths around the world each year could be prevented if every mother breastfed her child, according to a two-part study published in the Lancet.
The Guardian reports:
If almost every mother breastfed her children it could prevent more than 800,000 child deaths a year, yet governments are failing to promote and support breastfeeding, with rates remaining far below international targets, new research has found.
The benefits of breastfeeding are of course well-documented but despite this, only 37% of children under six months in "lower- and middle-income countries" are exclusively breastfed, according to the paper.
The suggestion is that women worldwide are not receiving the support needed to encourage them to breastfeed or continue with breastfeeding.
The series published in the Lancet was co-authored by the World Health Organisation and is the most comprehensive review of breastfeeding research.
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