Acta Paediatrica Special Issue: Impact of Breastfeeding on Maternal and Child Health

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This supplement to Acta Paediatrica presents a series of meta-analyses and systematic literature reviews examining a variety of health effects potentially related to breastfeeding. The authors carefully study a wide breadth of the literature to describe current knowledge on the benefits of breastfeeding, or put differently, the harms from not breastfeeding, and the effectiveness of interventions to promote breastfeeding. Five key messages emerge from the analyses presented.

  1. health benefits of breastfeeding are substantial
  2. it is critical to examine the breadth of the literature on an outcome of interest before drawing any conclusions
  3. the mechanisms by which breastfeeding affect health are extremely varied, and this variation implies that different metrics of breastfeeding behaviour must be utilised to truly understand the relationships of interest.  
  4. often these meta-analyses are based on articles that suffer from methodological weaknesses that limit the ability to make firm conclusions.  
  5. breastfeeding practices are responsive to interventions delivered in health systems, communities and homes. 

List of articles:

February 15, 2016
Year of publication
Resource types
Case studies and success stories, Journal and research articles, Literature review, Reports and Fact sheets, Systematic reviews
breastfeeding, health systems, maternal and child health

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