Why Promote Early Initiation of Breastfeeding?

  • Naoko Horii
Part of the Demographic Transformation and Socio-Economic Development book series (DTSD, volume 12)


Seven thousand newborns died everyday in 2016 on our planet, of whom most lost their lives for preventable causes (United Nations Children’s Fund 2018). The recent Lancet series revealed that breastfeeding could save lives of 823,000 children below 5 years old and 20,000 mothers from breast cancer each year (Victora et al. 2016). Recently sub-Saharan Africa counted the largest death tolls (38%) during the first 28 days of life (UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation 2017). This is an unacceptable reality for humanity.


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  • Naoko Horii
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  1. 1.Independent consultant in SBCC-MCH & NutritionIssy les MoulineauxFrance

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