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    La lactancia exclusiva no es prioridad para las madres dominicanas - DiarioLibre.com

    only 7% of dominican children receive mother's milk as exclusive food during first 6 months of life.

    the number is so low because most kids are at least supplemented with powder milk, the older they are the less probable is they will be breastfed.

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    It could have something to do with hospitals. When my child was born the first thing the nurses did was introduce bottle milk dispite the mother having plenty of breast milk. Then mom only gave breast milk as a last resort. After 2 months she dried up. It should be encouraged more. Its healthier and its cheaper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dv8 View Post
    ....only 7% of dominican children receive mother's milk as exclusive food during first 6 months of life....
    If that's a good statistic, it is a calamity.
    It may account for problems in Dominican adulthood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogerjac View Post
    .... breast milk. ....It should be encouraged more. Its healthier and its cheaper.
    AND it's birth control!

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    There is always the possibility that they are simply very bad at compiling statistics. 7% seems pitifully low. It is not like they send out questionnaires. My guess is that the only thing they know is whether the mother was breastfeeding when she left the hospital.

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    i think they must use more data than just initial hospital stay, after all the criaturas (love the word) need to come back to the hospital frequently in the first months of life for vaccines and checks to determine correct development (hearing, sight, hipbones and so on). note that the 7% is "exclusively" fed on breast milk. many mothers will supplement breast milka with occasional bottle due to the lack of time or low quantity of milk.

    my SIL have birth in october. on the first day no nurse helped her out with feeding (i am told it is not as easy as it sounds). then the baby had digestion issues, allegedly due to allergies, despite the fact that they never saw allergy specialist. to make matters worse my SIL then developed bad infection of her c-section area and need to antibiotics. needless to say this was the end of the breastfeeding.

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    I find this to be one of the oddest things in the DR, why on earth would people pay for things that are free and healthier?!
    I so miss common sense!

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    because free has no value. someone mentioned this before but there is a tradition in DR to save all cans of the milk the baby had so that on the first birthday you can take a picture of the kid with all the cans in the background to show how much money you spent. i spoke to my SIL about that and she says that her friend from the university does that, with all 3 or 4 of her kids. well educated, rich and still a dumbf**k. SIL is keeping the lids of the milk cans. she says she will decorate a xmas tree with that. god help. i just shook my head. pathetic does not even begin to describe it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dv8 View Post
    because free has no value. someone mentioned this before but there is a tradition in DR to save all cans of the milk the baby had so that on the first birthday you can take a picture of the kid with all the cans in the background to show how much money you spent. i spoke to my SIL about that and she says that her friend from the university does that, with all 3 or 4 of her kids. well educated, rich and still a dumbf**k. SIL is keeping the lids of the milk cans. she says she will decorate a xmas tree with that. god help. i just shook my head. pathetic does not even begin to describe it.
    They could take a picture of all the good food the mother ate while breastfeeding. That isn't free if you eat nutritious food.

    I remember a friend of mine breastfeeding her baby while visiting her Dominican husbands family and they asked her why she would do that since she was a "Rich" woman.

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    from what I see, many of these women could breast feed a school.

    the lack of breast feeding surely isn't a lack of supply..... huge reservoirs at the disposal

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