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Monday, March 5th, 2012

Breastfeeding Around the World


The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends mothers exclusively breastfeed infants for their first six months to achieve optimal growth, development and health, yet globally less than 40% of infants under six months of age are exclusively breastfed. Chances are that if you’re reading this article, breastfeeding is not a matter of life or death for your child. However, in many poorer parts of the world where water is not clean, food may be scarce and formula expensive, breastfeeding can make a critical difference in children’s health, well-being and life expectancy. InCultureParent takes a look at the beauty of breastfeeding in pictures, together with facts and attitudes, surrounding breastfeeding globally.


Two-year-old Giada Lien enjoys a snack.

Next, we take you through breastfeeding in 15 countries around the world.

Image Courtesy: ©


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  1. CommentsSouad   |  Tuesday, 06 March 2012 at 12:54 am

    What a lovely collection! I particularly like the one in Morrocco, showing that breatsfeeding is a normal sight in traditional muslim cultures in North Africa. In Algeria, there is a strong presence of artificial feeding. still people expect a baby to feed at the breast, and so ” discreet” breastfeeding in public is accepted without batting an eyelid.

  2. CommentsAisha G of HartlynKids   |  Tuesday, 06 March 2012 at 10:50 am

    Great article! Thanks for sharing this!!

  3. CommentsSaturday Surfing — Au Coeur   |  Saturday, 10 March 2012 at 10:49 pm

    […] Breastfeeding Around the World, InCulture Parent — A good look at breastfeeding exclusivity and duration throughout the world, with wonderful pictures.  Don’t miss the last photo! […]

  4. CommentsSusan   |  Monday, 12 March 2012 at 3:04 pm

    I absolutely love this series. Having had both kids in Denmark (where breastfeeding is common and publicly practiced), we recently moved to France with an infant baby. I was amazed to see the difference in attitude. Although so close, the behavior and attitude towards breastfeeding could not have been more contrary. Would love to see figures for France in this slideshow. I guess it doesn’t help that the 3 month maternity leave do not really fall in line with WHO’s recommendation of 6 months of breastfeeding….

  5. CommentsFelicity and Brett   |  Monday, 19 March 2012 at 10:00 am

    Now where are the gorgeous lucky bottle fed bubbas being fed and comforted by mummy AND daddy?!?

  6. CommentsLaotian Commotion   |  Friday, 06 April 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Go Laotian breastfeeding!

  7. CommentsLibby Eaton   |  Tuesday, 29 May 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Lovely pictures and good message. I remember seeing a really nice slogan on a bus in Scotland a few years ago, in an effort to promote a culture of breastfeeding and acceptance of breastfeeding in public:
    “There’s none fitter than a breastfed nipper”.

    With regards to the “ideal” of 6 months exclusive breastfeeding: note that some paediatricians are now (2012) advising mothers, on the basis of the most recent medical findings, that it is fine to introduce solids as early as 4 months — and that solids MUST be introduced by 6 months, for various reasons. As a parent it can be very confusing when there are these mixed messages: WGO says one thing, local paed says another. I think the bottom line is that one should not frown upon mothers who introduce solids at 4 or 5 months, while still breast and/or bottle feeding.

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  11. CommentsNicole   |  Wednesday, 19 December 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Love it! The last frame (toddlerville) is my favourite. My 18 month old son did the same and still does (occationally) at 2 1/2 years.
    My milk dried up when my first son was 9 months old but I am still breastfeeding my 15th month old with very little negative pressure to quit. Go Canada!

  12. CommentsInCultureParent | Breastfeeding in the Land of Genghis Khan   |  Friday, 15 February 2013 at 1:45 pm

    […] my son during those early years in a place where attitudes to breastfeeding are so dramatically different from prevailing norms in North America opened my eyes to an entirely […]

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  14. Commentscecy   |  Tuesday, 30 July 2013 at 6:03 pm

    I enjoyed your article a lot! I can not believe that I am in the 14% of women in the States. I imagine it has to do with being immigrant. I breastfed all my kids and I loved it. Even today my 3 yo snuggles in my arms like breastfeeding and says I need to smell mommy. It is a special connection that goes further than the nutrition.

  15. CommentsBreastfeeding around the world | shirlettealex   |  Saturday, 17 May 2014 at 12:56 pm

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  16. CommentsJamie Grumet   |  Saturday, 12 July 2014 at 11:36 pm

    Yay Breastfeeding! Hey just a heads up- The image used for Namibia facts is actually depicting the Hamar Tribe in Ethiopia.

  17. Comments3 annoying breastfeeding questions | That's Mashed Up   |  Monday, 04 August 2014 at 8:59 am

    […] to make people think breastfeeding (a) in public and (b) for a longer period of time, is abnormal. In India 95% of newborns are breastfed, and 77% of that number are reportedly still breastfed at 21 to 23 […]

  18. CommentsBreastfeeding Worldwide | reneerowan   |  Saturday, 13 September 2014 at 11:01 am

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  21. CommentsSamantha   |  Monday, 27 July 2015 at 5:24 pm

    I loved reading this article and found it extremely interesting. I am new mother and am breast feeding my daughter who is almost 6 months old in the U.S. I know from personal experenice that I get a lot of weird looks from my grandparents ( the older generation in general) when I told them I wanted to breast feed and I plan to follow WHO guidelines and keep it part of her diet for 2 years. I have people tell me that’s disgusting, not natural, and my favorite ” your just going to ruin your boobs”. I cannot help but find it interesting people get so worked up over breast feeding when that’s the function of breast. Well anyways thanks for the great article!

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