n Without Prejudice - Breast is best : intellectual property

Volume 13, Issue 8
  • ISSN : 1681-178X



On August 23 2011, the Minister of Health, Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi, released a media statement, advising that government had decided to adopt an exclusive breastfeeding strategy. According to the Minister, the reason for this decision was that, central to the goal of reducing child mortality, is the implementation of an exclusive breastfeeding strategy and discontinuing the practice of providing milk formula through hospitals and clinics, except when recommended by authorised health care practitioners. He went on to state that statistics reveal South Africa is one of only twelve countries in the world where infant mortality has been increasing and that only 8% of infants are exclusively breastfed up to the age of six months. The country has one of the lowest exclusive breastfeeding rates in the world.

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