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Breastfeeding Support Benefits Very Low-Birth-Weight Infants

Ruth A. Lawrence, MD
Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2001;155(5):543-544. doi:10.1001/archpedi.155.5.543.
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THE VALUE of breastfeeding and human milk for the average infant has been well-documented and supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics in its landmark policy statement, in which the academy recommends that infants be exclusively breastfed for at least 6 months, continue to be breastfed for the next 6 months while weaning foods are added, and then for as long thereafter as mother and infant wish.1 The World Health Organization and the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund have also made very strong statements regarding the value of human milk.2 Most recently, the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Women's Health, has published "Breastfeeding: The HHS Blueprint for Action on Breastfeeding." This important document outlines the strategic plan for the United States to increase the initiation and duration of breastfeeding.3

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