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|Thu, 05-01-2003 - 6:44pm|
Here is an example from an 8/2001 News Release from the AAP (and the AAP tends to err on the side of being conservative about making any pronouncements): "The study reports that breastfeeding accounts for the race difference in infant mortality in the US, at least as much as low birth weight does. By increasing breastfeeding among African-American women, the racial gap in infant mortality should narrow." The infant mortality rate for african-american women in 2000 was 13.5 per 1000 births (approx. 8100 deaths out of 623,000 births). If the infant mortality rate was reduced to 7 per 1000 births (about the rate of white women), that would be approximately 3900 babies saved. Now consider again the statement "breastfeeding accounts for the race difference in infant mortality in the US, at least as much as low birth weight does".
Do you believe that breastfeeding can reduce infant mortality in this country? Why or why not?
BTW Here are my links (and I sure would be interested in seeing your links and references even if they don't agree with mine!) (Honest):
P.S. to my Canadian friend- These are not from the '80s.