Breastfeeding reduces your baby's chances of going to hospital

For further information, contact Melissa Maimann at Essential Birth Consulting. BMJ 300: 11-16, 1990:

A comparison of 227 babies who were breastfed for their first 13 weeks or more with 267 who were formula-fed from birth found that the breastfed babies had fewer hospital admissions, significantly less gastrointestinal illness, and a smaller reduction in respiratory illness. This result was the same even when supplements were introduced before 13 weeks, and lasted beyond the time of breastfeeding. Breastfeeding for less than 13 weeks resulted in a rate of gastrointestinal illness similar to that found in bottle-fed infants.

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