A Chinese child drinks from a formula milk bottle. A major study in The Lancet leaves no doubt that breastfeeding is better for babies, and that China could do more to promote breastfeeding. Photo: AFP

Why countries such as China pay price in lives for baby formula dependence

Major study shows 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

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A Chinese child drinks from a formula milk bottle. A major study in The Lancet leaves no doubt that breastfeeding is better for babies, and that China could do more to promote breastfeeding. Photo: AFP
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