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Breastfeeding Rates are Low in Australia

by Rajshri on  June 19, 2008 at 2:31 PM Women Health News   - G J E 4
 Breastfeeding Rates are Low in Australia
A study by the Australian Institute of Family Studies has found that breastfeeding rates among Australian women are still below the levels recommended by the World Health Organisation.
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The study of 5,000 children found that just 14% were breastfed at six months down from 80% at birth and 56% at three months old.

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"Breastfeeding is the normal way to feed a baby and by not breastfeeding there are risks to a baby's health, there are lots of studies that document that," Australian Breastfeeding Association national president Margaret Grove said. "I think women are made to feel embarrassed by breastfeeding and people sometimes feel a bit squeamish about it."

The study also found that rates of breastfeeding dropped if women returned to work within three months of delivery.

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