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Ensure breastfeeding to save lives

  • Aqsha Azhary Nur

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Jakarta   /   Sat, September 7, 2019   /  08:59 am
Ensure breastfeeding to save lives Studies have found several barriers to exclusive breastfeeding, including a lack of knowledge, misconceptions about breastmilk, exposure to breastmilk substitutes, lactation difficulties, employment concerns and insufficient family or community support. (Shutterstock/GOLFX)

In 2017, almost 24,000 infants (0-1 years of age) reportedly died in the country. Infant mortality can be reduced by promoting exclusive breastfeeding. The World Health Organization recommends all nations to increase the rate of exclusive breastfeeding to at least 50 percent. However, our latest government data reveals that only 37.3 percent of infants in Indonesia are exclusively breastfed. Studies have found several barriers to exclusive breastfeeding, including a lack of knowledge, misconceptions about breastmilk, exposure to breastmilk substitutes, lactation difficulties, employment concerns and insufficient family or community support. A city employee in Depok, whom I will identify only as Cicilya, said she had almost decided not to exclusively breastfeed her baby. “After delivery, my breastmilk was low and health workers immediately offered me formula milk. I refused [....

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