Effect of exclusive breastfeeding and complementary feeding on infant growth and morbidity
AbstractA cohort study was conducted in the Islamic Republic of Iran between January 1997 and February 1998 to compare the growth and morbidity of 100 infants who were exclusively breastfed for 6 months and 100 who received breast milk and complementary foods between 4-6 months. Infants' feeding pattern, weight and height were assessed and recorded. There were no significant differences in infants' weight and height gain between 4 and 6 months. The rate of diarrhoea between ages 4 and 6 months was significantly lower in exclusively breastfed infants than in complementary food-fed infants [11% versus 27%] and respiratory infections were also lower [23% versus 35%]. We conclude that exclusive breastfeeding is superior at least until an infant is 6 months of age
Khadivzadeh, T. & Parsai, S. (2004). Effect of exclusive breastfeeding and complementary feeding on infant growth and morbidity. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/119410
EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 10 (3), 289-294, 2004
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