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10 Countries With The Highest Breastfeeding Rates

Breastfeeding is the most natural thing in the world. Before the advent of formula milk, mothers fed their babies their own milk as their only form of nourishment until they were at least a year old.

Breastfeeding is the most natural thing in the world. Before the advent of formula milk, mothers fed their babies their own milk as their only form of nourishment until they were at least a year old. However, when formula was invented and marketed, mothers found that they wanted their bodies back post haste and so they turned to formula as a substitute for breast milk.

In recent years, breastfeeding advocates have started actively promoting the benefits of breastfeeding to both mothers and babies. There are thousands of studies to support how much better it is than formula. In its advertising campaigns, formula milk companies have been required to use taglines like, “Breast milk is best for babies up to two years” to emphasize the importance of breast milk.

Mothers produce varying quantities of milk. There are mothers who lament, though, that they aren't able to produce enough for the baby. They are left frustrated and depressed at having to deal with a perennially hungry infant, who’s constantly in demand for more food. So they're forced to make the switch to formula.

There are ways to increase breastmilk supply, the most important of which is to drink lots of fluids. A dehydrated mother will not be able to produce the right amount of milk for her baby.

Next, express milk or make the baby latch as often as possible. Following the law of supply and demand, the more milk that flows out, the more milk is produced.

Lastly, invest in a good breast pump. That way, you don't have to be with your baby 24/7. You can use your pump to express your milk, store it, and leave it for the sitter to feed the baby with while you go out for your much needed me-time.

Simple steps right? Easy as it may be, you'll be quite surprised to find out which countries proudly have the most number of women who breastfeed and they're all from developing or third world countries.

These facts are based on women who have exclusively breastfed their babies for six months.

10 Madagscar: 48%

9 Bolivia: 50%

8 Egypt and Iran: 56%

Both rich in history and occasionally wrought in strife, Egypt and Iran are both considered travel risks to tourists. The chaos is due in part to both countries’ generally poor population. Luckily, a significant amount of mothers in both countries have been properly informed on the benefits of breastfeeding. In Egypt, an educational program was developed to target mothers of preterm infants, a program which was successful in improving breastfeeding knowledge and practice to all Egyptian mothers in general.

7 Uganda: 57%

6 Eritrea: 59%

5 Peru: 71%

4 Malawi: 72%

3 Cambodia, Solomon Islands, Nepal: 74%

2 Sri Lanka: 76%

1 Rwanda: 90%

An HIV-laden country has the highest breastfeeding rate in the world. Roughly 100,000 Rwandan women are suffering from the disease, yet 90% of mothers still manage to purely breastfeed their children. The United Nations has taken many steps to ensure these mothers breastfeed because they are taught to use proper HIV medication, which makes it possible to breastfeed babies for 18 months. Additionally, working mothers are given an hour of paid time off work every day to give them a chance to feed their babies directly. That’s more than enough incentive to continue breastfeeding for as long as possible!

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