14 Jan '11, 12pm

Breastfeeding may not be best after four months: study

LONDON: Breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months is not necessarily best for a baby's health, British researchers said Friday, calling into question advice given to new mothers. The team led by a paediatrician from University College London said babies fed only breast milk could suffer iron deficiency and may be more prone to allergies. The study says babies could start to be weaned on to solids as early as four months, although other experts advised sticking to the existing guidelines. Ten years ago, the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended that infants should be exclusively breastfed for six months. "Many Western countries, including 65 percent of European member states and the United States, elected not to follow this recommendation fully, or at all," the authors said, although Britain did. The WHO recommendation "rested largely" on a review of 16 studi...

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