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Prevents Fatal Infections

Wednesday, 29 October 2008 10:46

An international team of scientists coordinated by the World Health Organization has found that breast-fed infants have a six-fold reduction in death due to infectious diseases in the first few months of life, compared to children who were not.

Using data on 1,223 youngsters from Brazil, Gambia, Ghana, Pakistan, Philippines and Senegal, the researchers found that breast-fed children had a lower mortality throughout the second year of life. The study also revealed that the protection against infectious disease mortality was greater in infants of women with low educational status - those who are least likely to be able to provide their infants with safe breastmilk substitutes.

WHO Collaborative Study Team on the Role of Breastfeeding on the Prevention of Infant Mortality Effect of breastfeeding on infant and child mortality due to infectious diseases in less developed countries: a pooled analysis Lancet 2000 (Feb 5);   355 (9202):   451-455