Women’s empowerment may lift breastfeeding rates

However, in the 2009–10 survey, only about half of infants were exclusively breastfed on average and this dropped to fewer than one-third in the capital Dili where infant formula was easily available from supermarkets.

The researchers found a correlation between extended breastfeeding and women’s education and ability to make their own health-related decisions.

Surprisingly, only about 26% of women could make their own health-related decisions, the authors noted.

Nutrients 2014; 6:1691-1700