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Letters Climate change

Breastfeeding tackles both obesity and climate change

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 26 June 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1454
  1. Rachel Myr, midwife
  1. 1Sørlandet sykehus, Kristiansand, Norway
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By enabling more women than currently do so to exclusively breast feed their children for the first six months of life, we could reduce the number of children requiring attention for overweight.1 There would be less need for the diversion of foodstuffs through dairy animals to produce breastmilk replacements, and less need for the use of materials and energy …

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