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Six months of exclusive breast feeding: how good is the evidence?

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 13 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:c5955

Competing interests

I note that three of the four authors of this paper (MF, AL, and DCW)
"have performed consultancy work and/or received research funding from
companies manufacturing infant formulas and baby foods within the past 3

Such companies stand to gain directly and indirectly from a national
policy recommendation for earlier weaning - or indeed from media coverage
that undermines breastfeeding.

Competing interests: No competing interests

14 January 2011
Alison E Powell
Former midwife