More than half of newborns not breastfed in first hour raising health risks, UNICEF says

July 29, 2016 11:21 AM

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More than half of newborns not breastfed in first hour raising health risks, UNICEF says

NEW YORK – NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More than half of newborn babies are not breastfed within the first hour of life, putting them at heightened risk of disease and death, the United Nations' children's agency said on Friday, highlighting sub-Saharan Africa as an area of concern.

Feeding babies within an hour of birth passes on critical nutrients, antibodies and skin contact with their mothers that can protect them, UNICEF said.

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