China's Growing Breastfeeding Problem

Cracking down on baby formula won't fix the root cause.

Step away from the bottle.

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Two years ago, the British medical journal the Lancet published a study arguing that higher rates of exclusive breastfeeding could be even more effective than improved sanitation at preventing "a large proportion of child deaths and disease” in developing countries. It's unclear whether Chinese officials ever saw that research, but they seem to have arrived at the same conclusions.  

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