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The decision to breastfeed in the United States: does race matter?

Author: Forste R, Weiss J, Lippincott E.
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Forste R, Weiss J, Lippincott E. The decision to breastfeed in the United States: does race matter? Pediatrics. 2001, 108(2):291-6

pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/108/2/291

Based on 24,566 births.

A good paper to show risk in developed countries of not breastfeeding - mentioned in CDC letter.

Note: CDC letter mentions other study: Chen A, Rogan WJ. Breastfeeding and the risk of postneotal death in the United States. Pediatrics 113: 435-439, 2004 also showing dramatically higher mortality non-b/fed infants. Both studies were in relatively affluent pops, good sanitation, access to infanf formula abundant. Also studies are relatively recent and so compare b/feeding to 'modern' infant formulas, they are not confounded by inclusion of even worse infant feeding methods, such as cow's milk feeding or sweetened condensed milk.

Other paper on this subject from Spain: Paricio Talayero, J. M., M. Lizan-Garcia, et al. (2006). "Full breastfeeding and hospitalization as a result of infections in the first year of life." Pediatrics 118(1): e92-99.

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