October 8, 2009
Often the state of a nation’s healthcare is attempted to be correlated with the infant death rate of that nation. It turns out the mother’s choice of breastfeeding has more to do with infant death rates than many health care reform advocates would like to believe.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recently stated that worldwide, less than 40% of mothers exclusively breast feed their infants during the first six months. WHO recommends exclusive breast feeding, starting within one hour of birth, as ideal for infants during the first six months of life. During this time water, other drinks, or food should not be fed to the infant. The raised immunity resulting from the implementation of these recommendations would save an estimated 13% of the 10 million under-age deaths per year, which corresponds to 1.3 million infant and young children saved per year.
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