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Breastfeeding could significantly cut illnesses in aboriginal babies


A new study has found that encouraging First Nations, Inuit and Métis mothers to breastfeed would be a simple way to significantly cut down the high rates of common infection — and even deaths — seen in aboriginal babies in Canada.

Dr. Kathryn McIsaac, with the Centre for Research on Inner City Health of St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, says even she was surprised by the results.

"I think this really gives policy makers and government officials what we need to be putting emphasis into breastfeeding programs," she says.


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