'Breastfeeding immediately after birth could save lives'


The lives of more than 800,000 children around the world could be saved each year if mothers breastfed their babies immediately after birth, says Save the Children.

The charity claims that colostrum in the first breast milk helps kick-start a baby's immune system and that deaths from diseases like pneumonia and diarrhoea increase three fold among babies who are not given it.

The Today programme's correspondent, Mike Thomson reports from the Okobo region of South Sudan, where only one in eight children live long enough to see their fifth birthday.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Tuesday 19 February 2013.

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