Insight: Impact of early initiation of breastfeeding on newborn deaths

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Publication Date: Friday, January 8, 2010

This brief highlights results from two recent studies in Ghana and Nepal showing that initiation of breastfeeding within the first hour after birth could prevent about 20% of neonatal deaths. Potential reasons for this link, the importance of reducing neonatal mortality to achieve Millennium Development Goal #4, and program and policy implications are discussed.

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