- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 2, 2011

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (AP) - The World Health Organization says a study has found that Filipino mothers who have been enticed by advertisements or their doctors to use infant formula are two to four times more likely to feed their babies with those products.

Published by the Social Science and Medicine Journal, the study says those mothers were 6.4 times more likely to stop breastfeeding babies within one year of giving birth _ a step that raises risks of illness and death for the infant.

The study wants to examine if marketing for breast milk substitutes was to blame for a drop in breastfeeding in the Philippines, one of the countries where multinational companies fought a legal battle for the right to aggressively sell baby formulas.



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