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[Correspondence] Breastfeeding in the 21st century

The Lancet’s Series on breastfeeding1,2 provides compelling evidence that scaling up breastfeeding could prevent a substantial number of maternal and child deaths. The UK media interest in the Series focused on the fact that only 0·5% of UK women are still breastfeeding at 1 year after giving birth.3 We believe that this prevalence (appendix pp 16, 171), which cites the 2010 Infant Feeding Survey,4 is incorrect.