Nutrition

The optimal duration of exclusive breastfeeding

Report of the expert consultation

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World Health Organization

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Number of pages: 6
Publication date: 2001
Languages: English
WHO reference number: WHO/NHD/01.09, WHO/FCH/CAH/01.24

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Report of the expert consultation, Geneva, Switzerland, 28-30 March 2001.

A systematic review of current scientific evidence on the optimal duration of exclusive breastfeeding identified and summarized studies comparing exclusive breastfeeding for 4 to 6 months, versus 6 months. An expert consultation was convened to review the scientific evidence on the optimal duration of exclusive breastfeeding, formulate recommendation for practice on the optimal duration of exclusive breastfeeding and develop recommendation for research need in this area. This document is the report of the expert consultation.

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