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This report presents an introduction to the current state of breastfeeding in Australia, outlining existing programs that are working well but indicating that these would benefit from more support and increased awareness by the community of the importance of breastfeeding. It examines the health benefits of breastfeeding for babies and mothers, and analyses breastfeeding from an economic perspective, discussing the short and long-term impacts on Australia's health system. The report also looks at breastfeeding challenges and the barriers to successful breastfeeding, including conditions such as postnatal postnatal support services in rural and remote areas. It considers infant formula and the impact that marketing of infant formula has on breastfeeding and considers the Marketing in Australian of Infant Formula (MAIF) Agreement, how it is different from the World Health Organisation (WHO) code, and how this is working in Australia.

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