Benefits of breastfeeding
Jane Allen and Debra Hector
New South Wales Public Health Bulletin
16(4) 42 - 46
Human milk, or breastmilk, is uniquely engineered for human infants, and is the biologically ‘natural’ way to feed infants. Breastfeeding, in comparison to feeding breastmilk substitutes such as infant formula, has numerous health benefits. Despite this, infant formula has been actively promoted as a product equivalent to breastmilk. Consequently, evidence describing the health advantages of breastmilk and breastfeeding needs to ‘argue the case’ for breastfeeding.
Full text doi:10.1071/NB05011
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