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41% of infants exclusively breastfed in Zim

ONLY 41% of infants under six months are being exclusively breastfed despite efforts by the Ministry of Health and Child Care to promote the practice, a Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (Zimstat) report has revealed.

A Zimbabwe Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey carried by Zimstat showed that exclusive breastfeeding was still a challenge among women resulting in malnourishment and stunted growth in a significant number of children.

Up to 15 000 children in Zimbabwe were reportedly chronically malnourished due to low, or lack of breastfeeding.

“Forty-one percent of infants less than six months were exclusively breastfed,” the Zimstat report reveals.

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