Positive role of breastfeeding on infant health in first six weeks

New research published in the Irish Medical Journal shows the positive role of breastfeeding during the first 6 weeks. The study was conducted at the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital, Dublin and looked at the relationship between infant feeding practice and sickness during the first six weeks postpartum. Of the 450 mother-infant pairs recruited for the study, 27% of infants were reported by their mothers to have had an illness during the first six weeks that necessitated being prescribed medication, seeing a doctor or being hospitalised. Any breastfeeding to six weeks was found to protect against such adverse outcomes in this study.

The authors highlight that while mothers should be informed that exclusive breastfeeding up to 6 months is a desirable goal, the provision of any breast milk to their infants for even a short duration also confers health benefits. Check the Irish Medical Journal for further information. Click here for information about infant feeding.

Posted: 14/03/2012 12:41:23 by Barbara Whelan


 

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