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(FILES) This file photo taken on December 9, 2008 shows a child drinking milk in Chengdu, in China's southwestern province of Sichuan. The former boss of the dairy firm at the heart of China's milk scandal, Sanlu Group, was on January 22, 2009 sentenced to life in jail, state media reported. Tian Wenhua, 66, former head of the Sanlu Group, received life imprisonment while three of her colleagues were given sentences ranging from five to 15 years. Meanwhile another Chinese court sentenced two men to death for making and selling some of the tainted milk that killed six babies and sickened nearly 300,000 others, state media reported. AFP PHOTO / FILES / LIU Jin / AFP / AFP FILES / LIU JIN [online]

Why countries like China pay price in lives for baby formula dependence

Biggest study ever of breastfeeding says breastfed babies are smarter, healthier and live longer than those fed formula, and if every baby was breastfed world would avoid 800,000 deaths a year and save US$300 billion. Yet in Chinese cities only 16 per cent of babies are exclusively breastfed, and in Hong Kong barely 2 per cent