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Title: Effect of exclusive breastfeeding and complementary feeding on infant growth and morbidity
Authors: Khadivzadeh, T.
Parsai, S.
Issue Date: 2004
Language: English
Abstract: A 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
Description: 289-294
Keywords: Age Factors
Birth Weight
Body Height
Body Weight
Breast Feeding
Cohort Studies
Diarrhea, Infantile
Gestational Age
Subject: Infant Feeding
URI: http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/119410
ISSN: 1020-3397
Other Identifiers: http://applications.emro.who.int/emhj/1003/10_3_2004_289_294.pdf
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