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At least in Finland breastfeeding for 6 months was pushed everywhere as early as 1920.

Image from Protecting Children of Finland publication from 1920, written by a young doctor Arvo Ylppö. He had studied in Germany, where newborn mortality was a very hot topic with new research institutes founded just before WWI.

I believe they lowered infant mortality rates from 20-25% to 5-6% mainly by promoting breastfeeding in less than a decade. Schools, hospitals, newspapers, magazines and radio were all used as channels.

by pelgus on Tue Apr 23rd, 2019 at 12:39:01 PM EST
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