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Breast feeding and the Baby Friendly Initiative: is the training of doctors being ignored?
  1. R S Arora1,
  2. C Doherty2
  1. 1Royal Manchester Childrens Hospital, Manchester, UK
  2. 2University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, Wales
  1. Correspondence to:
    R S Arora
    19 Wet Earth Green, Swinton, Manchester M27 8AL, UK;reemaraman{at}

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Breast feeding is an unequalled way of providing ideal food for the healthy growth and development of infants. It is also an integral part of the reproductive process, with important implications for the health of mothers. As a global public health recommendation, infants should be exclusively breast fed for the first 6 months of life to achieve optimal growth, development and health.1 To promote this, the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative was launched in 1991 by Unicef and the World …

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