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Does prolonged breast-feeding impair child growth? A critical review.

Authors
  • Grummer-Strawn, L M
Type
Published Article
Journal
Pediatrics
Publication Date
Apr 01, 1993
Volume
91
Issue
4
Pages
766–771
Identifiers
PMID: 8464664
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Recent epidemiologic evidence suggests that children in developing countries who terminate breast-feeding before their first birthday are less likely to be malnourished than those who are breast-fed for longer durations. This finding calls into question the advice women are given to breast-feed as long as possible. This review examines several studies that found a relationship between prolonged breast-feeding and malnutrition. Many studies have shown a negative association between prolonged breast-feeding and growth, but there is little reason to expect the association to be causal. Problems in study design and analysis, such as failure to control for confounding and reverse causality, leave the nature of the association largely unspecified.

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