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Philippines attempts world record for breastfeeding

May 02, 2007

Manila, Philippines - About 10,000 mothers gathered on Wednesday in nearly 300 state and private hospitals, day-care centres and parks across the Philippines to raise awareness of breastfeeding and try to set a Guinness record for the event.

Only 16 percent of mothers in the Philippines were practising breastfeeding, an extraordinarily low rate for a poor country, said the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), which warned of serious health risks for infants.

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