Thanks to a campaign in favour of breast feeding, 95 per cent of Rome's mums now say they will breast feed their babies when they leave hospital, an incease of 20 per cent since the campaign started about 18 months ago. Seventeen hospitals in the city no longer provide powdered milk for the newly-born and many more neonatal centres are providing rooming-in facilities, where mum can have baby beside her in her room. However Lazio's agency for public health says that these intentions are short-lived; 20-25 per cent of mothers stop breast feeding as soon as they get home. At the national level after four months only 20 per cent of mothers are still breast feeding, and only 1-2 per cent arrive at six months, the recommended period set by the World Health Organisation.
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