The World Health Organisation and the American Academy of Pediatrics advocate exclusive breast feeding for the first 6 months and partial for up to 1 to 2 years.
The best way to achieve this has still to be identified. In a paper from Singapore
Su and colleagues have studied the effect of antenatal breast feeding education compared with routine hospital car (Su et al 2007, Antenatal education and postnatal support strategies for improving rates of exclusive breast feeding randomised controlled trial British Medical Journal vol 335, 596-9
The combination of antenatal breast feeding education and post natal support significantly improve the rate of mothers breast feeding their babies.
All of which confirms the benefit of education and support in nutrition. Mothers are particularly sensitive to advise to care for their baby.
- Martin Eastwood