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from THE JAKARTA POST -- SATURDAY, AUGUST 06, 2011 -- PAGE 4 While breast-feeding has been proven to protect newborns from life- threatening diseases such as cancer, the breast-feeding rate in Indonesia continues to fall, experts say.
Minarto, the Health Ministry's nutrition management director, said on Friday that few mothers were encouraged to breast-feed their newborns exclusively, although many studies showed that drinking breast milk was associated with a decreased risk of many diseases.
The country's breast-feeding rate is estimated at 60 to 80 percent, he added. However, according to the Indonesian Health and Demographic Survey (SDKI), the prevalence of …