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International Healthcare News: Mothers-to-be urged to breastfeed

Mothers-to-be planning to obtain international health insurance and move overseas should look to breastfeed their child once they have given birth, rather than rely on alternative milk.

According to midwife at Tommy's Amanda Kershaw, breastfeeding has a number of significant benefits for babies, as research suggests it protects against respiratory, urinary and ear infections, as well as a variety of other conditions, including diabetes and childhood leukaemia.

"Breastfeeding also aids neurological development," she continued, noting that a growing number of women are starting to understand the "breast is best" message.

Women are now told about the benefits of breastfeeding at a very early stage in the pregnancy, she concluded.

Recent research from the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University found a lack of vitamin B in a baby's diet could have a detrimental affect on its health.

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