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Analysis article on breast feeding was misleading

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 15 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d987
  1. Mary J Renfrew, professor of mother and infant health, and director1,
  2. William McGuire, professor of child health2,
  3. Felicia M McCormick, research fellow1
  1. 1Mother and Infant Research Unit, Department of Health Sciences, University of York, Area 4, Seebohm Rowntree Building, York YO10 5DD, UK
  2. 2Hull York Medical School, John Hughlings Jackson Building, University of York, York YO10 5DD, UK
  1. mary.renfrew{at}

Fewtrell and colleagues’ analysis article on the evidence for six months’ exclusive breast feeding1 hit the headlines—negative comment on breast feeding in professional and scientific journals usually does. It has resulted in confusion among families and health professionals internationally about the relative merits of breast feeding and formula feeding. It has put at risk years of large scale collaborative international work to promote breast feeding and support women,2 3 already a hard task in …

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