Friday, February 26, 2010

Love, Peace and Breastfeeding

"The rise of breastfeeding in countries at war has contributed to a marked decline in infant mortality during armed conflict, a recent report says.

Children younger than 5 are twice as likely to die in war than adults, mostly from disease, the 'The Shrinking Costs of War' indicates. The report, released mid-January by Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, also says infants up to 6 months old who are exclusively breastfed are seven times less likely to die from diarrhea and five times less likely from pneumonia than infants not breastfed."

-Seattle Midwifery School, "From Women's eNews: Breastfeeding During War Helps Lower Infant Mortality." Midwifery & Doula News, February 2010.