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Benefits of breastfeeding

Jane Allen, Debra Hector

New South Wales Public Health Bulletin 16(4) 42 - 46 Published: 2005

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Jane Allen

Debra Hector

Abstract

Human milk, or breastmilk, is uniquely engineered for
human infants, and is the biologically ‘natural’ way to
feed infants. Breastfeeding, in comparison to feeding
breastmilk substitutes such as infant formula, has numerous
health benefits. Despite this, infant formula has been
actively promoted as a product equivalent to breastmilk.
Consequently, evidence describing the health advantages
of breastmilk and breastfeeding needs to ‘argue the case’
for breastfeeding.