UN Report on Breastfeeding

An estimated 78 million newborns are at a higher risk of death and disease each year because they do not get their mothers’ first breast milk rich with nutrients and antibodies within the first hours of being born, according to a new report by the United Nations.

Breastfeeding rates within the first hour after birth after birth are highest in Eastern and Southern Africa (65 per cent) and lowest in East Asia and the Pacific (32 per cent), the report Capture the Moment: Early initiation of breastfeeding  by UNICEF suggests.

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