Avoid formula supplement in the first days of life for healthy, full term, breast- fed newborns without proved medical contraindications.

Type of practice

Other treatments

Topic Area

Paediatrics

Duration of breastfeeding is positively related to child’s health (reduction of obesity, atopy, asthma, infections) and mother’s health. Breastfeeding in new-born is a positive predictor for long term breastfeeding. Supplements with formula interfere with natural breastfeeding, disturbing mother-child feed-back, basis for an adequate milk production by mother herself.

Sources

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3. Becker GE, Remmington S, Remmington T. Early additional food and fluids for healthy breastfed full-term infants. Cochrane Database Syst Rev.2011 Dec 7;(12):CD006462.doi:10.1002/14651858.CD006462.pub2.
4. ArchDis Child doi:10.1136/archdischild-2014-306701.Originalarticle. Potential economic impacts from improving breastfeeding rates in the UK.

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