BREASTFEEDING RATES AROUND THE WORLD Breastfeeding is seen differently not just on a personal level from one person to another, but from one community to another and even from one country to another. One of the common factors in all countries views on breastfeeding is the amount of education and marketing. The ones that promote breastfeeding realize not just the financial strain formula will cause a family, but more importantly the health gain both mother and baby will benefit from. Below is a list of the top 10 countries with the highest breastfeeding rates along with some information on a few of them. 10. Madagascar 48%: Being that it is such a poor nation, its mothers cannot afford to pay for formula and are thus blessed with enriching their baby’s life with breast milk 9. Bolivia 50%: Very similar to Madagascar with it’s high poverty rate 8. Egypt and Iran 56%: In Iran, a national breastfeeding plan was implemented, a plan which included the training of those who aid in breastfeeding, such as nurses, midwives, and doctors; setting up baby-friendly hospitals; enhancing maternity leave policies for working mothers; and developing community outreach programs in support of breastfeeding mothers 7. Uganda 57%: 6. Eritria 59%: 5. Peru 71%: In the 80’s Peru was the leading in breastfeeding rates. It has had a small decline, however still very strong in numbers 4. Malawi 72%: Malawi, a sub-Saharan country in Africa, is one of the areas with the most widespread cases of AIDS/HIV. This disease has been a challenge in promoting a breastfeeding rate of 100% among mothers. Fortunately, studies have shown that an HIV-infected mother who breastfeeds carries only a 4% chance of transmitting the disease to her baby. Interestingly, the baby has more chances of acquiring HIV when drinking formula milk because of unsafe handling and preparation of the milk, water, and bottles. So with these statistics, women tend to prefer breastfeeding exclusively. 3….
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