Babies breastfed for six
months have fewer infections: research
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By Rebecca Smith, Medical Editor: Giving babies
nothing but breastmilk for the first six months reduces the number and severity
of infections they suffer, research has confirmed.
Research on 1,000 babies found those exclusively breastfed for six months had
significantly fewer common infections than their peers who were either partially
breastfed or not breastfed at all.
They had fewer respiratory infections, ear infections, and thrush, even after
adjusting for other factors that could influence infection rates.
Partial breastfeeding did not exert the same protective effects, the study,
published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood found.
Women in Britain are recommended to breastfeed exclusively for six months to
give their baby the best start in life but only a minority do.