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Health and Human Development - Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding

Women of the highest socioeconomic groups are twice as likely to
breastfeed for an extended period of time.

An infant requires milk for the first few months of life because the
digestive system has not matured sufficiently to cope with other types of
foods. For this reason, breastfeeding is essential in both industrialised
and developing countries. Then, when an infant is 4-6 months old, solids
can be introduced into their diet.

Formula feeding is quite expensive and puts further demands on the
financial resources of low-income families.

Click here to read about one young mother's difficulties with
breastfeeding.

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