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Unicef is crucial in promoting and supporting breast feeding

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7285.555 (Published 03 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:555
  1. Andrew Radford, programme director
  1. Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative, London WC2H 9TA

    EDITOR—The report from the NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination highlights many of the reasons why the work of the Unicef UK baby friendly initiative is a crucial component of any strategy to promote and support breast feeding.1

    Although breastfeeding rates in the United Kingdom have remained static since 1980,2 a survey of 21 baby friendly hospitals has found an increase of more than 10% in breastfeeding initiation. The percentage of babies who are breast fed rose from 60% …

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