Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Long-term effects of breastfeeding: a systematic review

World Health Organization

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Number of pages: 74
Publication date: 2013
Languages: English
ISBN: 978 92 4 150530 7



In 2007, WHO carried out a systematic review and meta-analysis on the long-term consequences of breastfeeding. The Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health of the WHO has now commissioned an update of this review. The following long-term outcomes were reviewed: blood pressure, type-2 diabetes, serum cholesterol, overweight and obesity, and intellectual performance. These outcomes are of great interest to researchers, as made evident by the number of publications identified: 60 new publications were identified since 2006. This report describes the methods, results and conclusions of this updated review.

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