made it on the front page of Yahoo!
So first let me say that this left me speechless. It seems that this British study says that exclusive breastfeeding, for the first 6 months, can do more harm than good. Stating that
babies fed only breast milk could suffer iron deficiency and may be more prone to allergies.
It then continued to say that
"Many Western countries, including 65 percent of European member states and the United States, elected not to follow this recommendation fully, or at all," the authors said, although Britain did.
The WHO recommendation "rested largely" on a review of 16 studies, including seven from developing countries.
It concluded that babies given only breast milk for six months had fewer infections and experienced no growth problems.
But another review of 33 studies found "no compelling evidence" not to introduce solids at four to six months, the experts said.
Some studies have also shown that breastfeeding for six months fails to give babies all the nutrition they need.
One US study from 2007 found that babies exclusively breastfed for six months were more likely to develop anaemia than those introduced to solids at four to six months.
The article holds some pretty strong words....maybe not against breastfeeding in general....but against exclusive breastfeeding.
If I am correct (and please correct me if I am wrong) infant cereal contains little to no health benefits. The main reason to begin infant cereal is to get babies use to texture. Now that being said, shouldn't infant cereal be given first? also, I thought previous studies found giving infants food before 6 months raised risks of allergies.