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[Correspondence] Breastfeeding in the 21st century – Authors’ reply

We appreciate the interest raised by our Series.1 Dylan Walters and colleagues rightly point out that the standard international indicator for exclusive breastfeeding (proportion of infants aged 0–5 months who are fed exclusively with breastmilk) is distinct from the proportion of infants who are exclusively breastfed until they reach 6 months of age. While we agree that new approaches are needed to estimate the latter from survey data, the former is the only internationally comparable indicator currently available for low-income and middle-income countries, with the advantages of not depending on recall nor relying on modelling.

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