A selected review of breast-feeding recommendations

Mark E. Weinstein, James M. Oleske, John D. Bogden

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Abstract

Breast-feeding is the ideal form of nutrition for the first 6 months of infant life. Breast-fed children can expect a lower incidence of common childhood infections. Mothers who breast-feed can expect a significant reduction in their risk for breast cancer, and 6 months of breast-feeding can help prevent future obesity in some infants. In infants with a family history of asthma, the breast-fed child can expect a significant reduction in the risk for developing asthma during childhood. Breast-feeding should not be attempted by an HIV-infected mother living in a developed country, but a short course of zidovudine can reduce the risk of transmission. Ingested food proteins can be passed from mother to child during breast-feeding. There is increased potential for children of diabetic mothers to develop impaired glucose tolerance and obesity. There would be benefit to some breast-fed children if low quantities of supplemental iron and, in rare cases, zinc were added to their diets in the first 6 months of life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)379-384
Number of pages6
JournalNutrition Research
Volume26
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Endocrinology
  • Nutrition and Dietetics

Keywords

  • Asthma
  • Breast cancer
  • Breast-feeding
  • HIV transmission
  • Iron
  • Zinc

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