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Government-Led Campaigns Encourage Breastfeeding In China But Only 2% Of Mothers Breastfeeding Infants At 6 Months

Washington Post: China wants mothers to breastfeed, but they keep choosing formula
“An overwhelming number of young women in China are reaching for formula over breast milk prematurely to feed their newborns, despite ­government-led campaigns to promote breastfeeding as the exclusive diet of infants until ­­­six months of age. As a result, China has one of the world’s lowest breastfeeding rates, as low as two percent for infants at six months, despite a food safety scandal in 2008, involving domestic producers of powdered milk and infant formula, that sent more than 50,000 babies to the hospital and killed three…” (Thomas, 7/4).

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