Breast-feeding and population growth

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Science  16 Dec 1977:
Vol. 198, Issue 4322, pp. 1111-1115
DOI: 10.1126/science.929189


Abandonment of breast-feeding in parts of the world where contraception is not in common use may mean both higher birthrates and, especially among the poor, higher infant death rates. In this article estimates of the magnitude of these effects are made.