Setting target rates for breast feeding would probably be a waste of resources

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7103.313a (Published 02 August 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:313
  1. Pat Hoddinott, General practitionera
  1. a 42 Ellis Street, Boxford, Suffolk CO10 5HP

    Editor—In their paper on setting targets for increasing the breast feeding rates in Scotland Harry Campbell and Anne Gibson state that targets should be related to actions known to be effective, yet the evidence they quote in support of this is weak.1

    Of the six papers showing that improving hospital practices can increase the rate of breast feeding, none were British. Their generalisability must be questioned, given the cultural diversity in breast feeding practices. One paper is a review …

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