New global strategy on infant feeding needs to be flexible

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7313.632a (Published 15 September 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:632
  1. Julie Lanigan, trials coordinator,
  2. Jane Morgan, reader in childhood nutrition (j.morgan@surrey.ac.uk)
  1. Medical Research Council Childhood Nutrition Research Centre, Institute of Child Health, London WC1N 1EH
  2. School of Biomedical and Life Sciences, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH

    EDITOR—We are concerned about the responses to a press release issued by the World Health Organization that announced the conclusions and recommendations of an expert consultation convened to examine current recommendations on feeding infants.1 The consultation recommended exclusive breast feeding for six months, with introduction of complementary foods and continued breast feeding thereafter—a change from the previous recommendation to breast feed exclusively for four to six months.2

    This change in the WHO's stance confirms the need for evidence based guidelines. The 1995 recommendations are still current policy,2 and it …

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