The risks and benefits of infant feeding practices for women and their children

A. M. Stuebe, Eleanor Schwarz

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Abstract

Infant feeding decisions affect maternal and child health outcomes, worldwide. Even in settings with clean water and good sanitation, infants who are not breast-fed face an increased risk of infectious, as well as non-infectious morbidity and mortality. The decision not to breast-feed can also adversely affect mothers' health by increasing the risk of pre-menopausal breast cancer, ovarian cancer, type II diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia and cardiovascular disease. Clinicians who counsel mothers about the health impact of infant feeding and provide evidence-based care to maximize successful breast-feeding, can improve the short and long-term health of both mothers and infants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)155-162
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Perinatology
Volume30
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Breast feeding
  • Epidemiology
  • Health promotion
  • Quality of health care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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