Breastfeeding rate decline ‘alarming'

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The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) reported declining breastfeeding rates in Asia earlier this week.

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) reported declining breastfeeding rates in Asia earlier this week.

Only 10 percent Vietnamese babies are now fed exclusively with breast milk, according to UNICEF, compared to 19 percent in 2008. The figure is 5 percent in Thailand and 28 percent in China .

The low breastfeeding rates across East Asia resulted from the fact that more women have entered the workforce, which has sparked "aggressive marketing of infant formula in the region", UNICEF said in a press release.-VNA

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