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Do you plan to assess the incidence and duration of breastfeeding?
The WHO and UNICEF recommend breastfeeding for "two years of age or
beyond" (Innocenti Declaration, August 1990). Exclusive breastfeeding for
the first six months of life is recommended and considered essential.
Breastmilk contains some 400 biochemical nutrients compared to some 30 for
infant formula and breastmilk is essential for normal development of the
immune system of the child and for normal brain development.
Colostrum and breastmilk are rich in tryptophan, an essential amino acid
for the development of brain serotonin, but is absent in infant formula milk. Deficits of brain serotonin have
been strongly linked to depression, impulse dyscontrol, violence and
substance abuse in both animal and human studies.