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The rationale for adopting current international breastfeeding guidelines in South Africa.

Abstract

Current international breastfeeding guidelines recommend exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months, followed by the appropriate and adequate introduction of complementary foods at 6 months, with continued breastfeeding for 2 years and beyond. This guideline is based on evidence to support exclusive and extended breastfeeding as the optimal method of feeding infants and young children. Not only do these breastfeeding practices meet the nutrition needs of infants and children for optimal growth and development, but they also offer a host of other health and socio-economic benefits at all levels of society. The poor breastfeeding rates and increase in infant and child morbidity and mortality in South Africa have led to increased prioritized attention towards the promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding. In 2000, the National Department of Health formally adopted the international breastfeeding guidelines for exclusive and extended breastfeeding practices. Therefore, it remains a priority to implement these guidelines in all current and future breastfeeding programmes and interventions, including the South African paediatric food-based dietary guidelines.

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    Division of Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Cape Town, South Africa. ailameyer@telkomsa.net

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    Source

    Maternal & child nutrition 3:4 2007 Oct pg 271-80

    MeSH

    Breast Feeding
    Evidence-Based Medicine
    Female
    Humans
    Infant
    Infant Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
    Infant Welfare
    Infant, Newborn
    Male
    Maternal Welfare
    Nutrition Policy
    Practice Guidelines as Topic
    Socioeconomic Factors
    South Africa
    Time Factors

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article
    Review

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    17824855

    Citation

    Meyer, Aila, et al. "The Rationale for Adopting Current International Breastfeeding Guidelines in South Africa." Maternal & Child Nutrition, vol. 3, no. 4, 2007, pp. 271-80.
    Meyer A, van der Spuy DA, du Plessis LM. The rationale for adopting current international breastfeeding guidelines in South Africa. Matern Child Nutr. 2007;3(4):271-80.
    Meyer, A., van der Spuy, D. A., & du Plessis, L. M. (2007). The rationale for adopting current international breastfeeding guidelines in South Africa. Maternal & Child Nutrition, 3(4), pp. 271-80.
    Meyer A, van der Spuy DA, du Plessis LM. The Rationale for Adopting Current International Breastfeeding Guidelines in South Africa. Matern Child Nutr. 2007;3(4):271-80. PubMed PMID: 17824855.
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