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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    • "The majority of the policy and programming surrounding breastfeeding lies within health policy whereby government resources are aimed at encouraging and supporting mothers to breastfeed, promoting breastfeeding through social media campaigns, and protecting breastfeeding through the regulation of breast milk substitutes that are perceived to be a contributor to infant food insecurity. The alignment of breastfeeding with food security within policy is no surprise as such a policy approach is based on the foundation of hundreds of medical studies concluding that breastfeeding is superior to other forms of infant feeding (American Academy of Pediatrics 1997; Anderson et al. 1999; Lawrence and Lawrence 2011) and alternatives to breastfeeding/breast milk pose nutritional and health risks for infants (Lauwers and Swisher 2005; Palmer 2009) including increased risk of gastrointestinal and respiratory infections (Beaudry et al. 1995), middle ear infections (Ball and Wright 1999) and childhood obesity (Cohen 2006). Such a policy position is also supported by evidence that breast milk substitutes pose risk of food contamination during the manufacturing of formula 17 or during consumer use when formula is mixed with contaminated water, or when non-sterile equipment and improper temperature are used. "
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    • "Indeed, the modern milk formulas are enriched with iron and fatty acids to promote brain development, along with all nutrients that growing babies need [9,10]. These artificial milks are produced according to standard recipes that do not consider the inherent individuality of development making each preterm infant different from others [10]. In this context, proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) could be helpful in identifying the best and more complete nourishment for both preterm and term babies and to develop a more individual-based diet for this special population. "
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