Pretorius, C. E., Asare, H., Kruger, H. S., Genuneit, J., Siziba, L. P., & Ricci, C. (2021). Exclusive breastfeeding, child mortality, and economic cost in Sub-Saharan Africa. Pediatrics, 147(3).
In this recent Pediatrics publication, Pretorius and colleagues assess the impact of exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) practices as it relates to the mortality rates of children under 5 years and economic growth at the country level in Sub-Saharan Africa. The authors concluded that EBF implementation has economic benefits and should be prioritized within the region. This article is also accompanied by a commentary from World Bank leadership about the worldwide economic importance of exclusive breastfeeding.