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The rationale for adopting current international breastfeeding guidelines in South Africa.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17824855     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Current international breastfeeding guidelines recommend exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months, followed by the appropriate and adequate introduction of complementary foods at 6 months, with continued breastfeeding for 2 years and beyond. This guideline is based on evidence to support exclusive and extended breastfeeding as the optimal method of feeding infants and young children. Not only do these breastfeeding practices meet the nutrition needs of infants and children for optimal growth and development, but they also offer a host of other health and socio-economic benefits at all levels of society. The poor breastfeeding rates and increase in infant and child morbidity and mortality in South Africa have led to increased prioritized attention towards the promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding. In 2000, the National Department of Health formally adopted the international breastfeeding guidelines for exclusive and extended breastfeeding practices. Therefore, it remains a priority to implement these guidelines in all current and future breastfeeding programmes and interventions, including the South African paediatric food-based dietary guidelines.
Aila Meyer; Dorothy A van der Spuy; Lisanne M du Plessis
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Maternal & child nutrition     Volume:  3     ISSN:  1740-8695     ISO Abbreviation:  Matern Child Nutr     Publication Date:  2007 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-09-10     Completed Date:  2007-12-03     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101201025     Medline TA:  Matern Child Nutr     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  271-80     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Cape Town, South Africa.
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MeSH Terms
Breast Feeding*
Evidence-Based Medicine
Infant Nutritional Physiological Phenomena / physiology*
Infant Welfare
Infant, Newborn / growth & development*
Maternal Welfare
Nutrition Policy*
Practice Guidelines as Topic
Socioeconomic Factors
South Africa
Time Factors

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