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In 2002-3 93.5% of babies left hospital breastfeeding. In the 60s and 70s this percentage was only 40-45%. What an improvement!
Besides the obvious health benefits to the human population, there are also economic and environmental reasons to support breastfeeding.
Breastmilk costs less to produce than formula and produces no waste. It has no negative impact upon nature… because it is part of nature!
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