Breastfeeding is essential for child survival and health. Breast milk is a safe, natural, nutritious, and sustainable food for babies. Breast milk contains antibodies that help protect against many common childhood illnesses such as diarrhoea and respiratory diseases. It is estimated that inadequate breastfeeding is responsible for 16% of child deaths each year. Breastfed children perform better on intelligence tests and are less likely to be overweight or obese later in life. Women who breastfeed also have a reduced risk of cancer and type II diabetes.
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