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Updated 10 June 2013

Low breast-feeding rate linked to early deaths

Low breast-feeding rates are a serious threat to women's health and a drain on a nation's health, according to a new study.

Low breast-feeding rates in the United States are a serious threat to women's health and a drain on the nation's health dollars, according to a new study.

But some experts question the study's methodology and maintain that more research is needed before drawing conclusions about lags in breast-feeding and women's health.

Low breast-feeding rates in study

"Although there is general agreement that breast-feeding provides benefits to both the mother and child, assuming that it will decrease cost by using a simulated model is risky," said Dr Stephanie Bernik, chief of surgical oncology at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

The US Office on Women's Health has more about breast-feeding.

 
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