Breastfeeding: More Than Just Good Nutrition

Pediatric Immunology and Infectious Diseases, University of Florida- Health Science Center, Gainesville, FL, USA.
Pediatrics in Review (Impact Factor: 0.82). 07/2011; 32(7):267-80. DOI: 10.1542/pir.32-7-267
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• Ample evidence documents the clear benefits of breastfeeding for both the mother and the infant. • Among the very few contraindications to breastfeeding are galactosemia, medications or drugs of concern, and HIV and HTLV infection. • Pediatricians should recognize that human milk is superior to formula in optimizing each infant's potential for early growth and development. • Pediatricians should recommend exclusive/full breastfeeding as superior to formula feeding through the first 6 postnatal months and the subsequent timely introduction of adequate, safe, and appropriate complementary foods in combination with continued breastfeeding as optimal nutrition in the first postnatal year. • Pediatricians should be knowledgeable about important issues concerning breastfeeding and the management of the breastfeeding mother-infant dyad in situations of infant prematurity or illness and maternal illness, infection, and medication exposure. • Families should be provided with appropriate information about breastfeeding and infant feeding before as well as throughout the pregnancy and infancy. • Mothers should receive ongoing support for breastfeeding in the hospital, in medical offices and facilities, and throughout communities, paralleling the BFHI. • Ongoing lifelong education about support for and management of the breastfeeding mother-infant dyad is essential for pediatricians in the 21st century. 2011

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