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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

Editorial benefits and harms

I have no view on whether infants are better nourished via
introducing solids at four or at six months, but I am bemused at the BMJ's
publication of Fewtrell et al's paper.

Addressing a patently bio-psycho-social topic from a purely
biological perspective, Fewtrell et al refute weak evidence for a move to
6 months' EBF with equally weak evidence for a return to four.

It is hard to see the scientific point of a publication concluding so
much on the basis of so little in so politically and commercially
sensitive an area.

Competing interests: No competing interests

16 February 2011
Sandy Goldbeck-Wood
Specialty Doctor, Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Ipswich Hospital