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Every newborn, when placed on the mother's abdomen, soon after birth, has the ability to find its mother's breast all on its own and to decide when to take the first breastfeed. This is called the 'Breast Crawl'.
UNICEF - April 2013 - There is compelling scientific evidence that optimal breastfeeding of infants under one year could prevent around a million deaths of children under-five in the developing world. Yet global rates of breastfeeding rates have remained stagnant. Why has strong scientific evidence about the benefits of breastfeeding not translated into political and donor commitments at the global level and in high burden countries? What can the global breastfeeding policy community do to augment attention and commitment to this priority?
In summary, WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of an infant's life. Thereafter, local, nutritious foods should be introduced, while breastfeeding continues for up to two years or beyond. Followup formula is therefore unnecessary. In addition, follow-up formula is not a suitable substitute for breast milk, due to its content.