Newborns need adults to protect them not just from obvious risks such as car accidents, falls and well-meaning toddlers who want to carry the baby, but also less obvious risks, such as infections. That amounts to more than simply a washing of hands. Everyone might not know this, but Kourtney Kardashian? Well, she might. (More on that later.)
A study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics parses the data on more than 4,000 infants and their risk of infections.
The researchers, based in the Netherlands, write in their conclusion:
"Exclusive breastfeeding until the age of 4 months followed by partial breastfeeding was associated with a significant reduction of respiratory and gastrointestinal infectious diseases in infants. Exclusive breastfeeding until the age of 6 months tended to be more protective than exclusive breastfeeding until the age of 4 months and partially thereafter."
That is, the researchers couldn't say for sure that 6 months is better, but they're pretty sure it is. The results aren't especially surprising but rather more of an effort to gain data on the benefits of breast-feeding. And you know how we love data ...
The researchers recommend policies that encourage exclusive breast-feeding for at least four months. They're pretty sure six months would be better.
Apparently, the sisters are famous, and thus people pay attention to them: The Kardashian phenomenon. So, having a baby? Note Kourtney's position; Kim's stance is still a little unclear.
— Tami Dennis
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