Only three African countries are on course to meet breastfeeding goal
Exclusive breastfeeding refers to giving an infant only breastmilk in the first 6 months of life with rehydration, medications, and salts supplementation as needed. It is estimated that global adoption of exclusive breastfeeding could prevent 800,000 deaths per year mainly of children under 6 months old. Why then is it that only three African countries (Guinea-Bissau, Rwanda, and São Tomé and Príncipe) out of the 49 studied are on course to meet the goal for universal breastfeeding? Other African countries have made progress but some are losing ground.