Mothers Breastfeed Longer with Early Formula Use?
(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Providing newborns with small amounts of formula for the first few days after birth may increase the amount of time mothers can breastfeed, according to researchers at the University of California at San Francisco.
The study followed 40 full-term newborns who had lost more than 5 percent of their body weight over a three month period. Each baby was randomly assigned to either receive one-third of an ounce of formula before breastfeeding, or to remain breastfeeding exclusively, for a two-to-five day period. Lead study author Valerie Flaherman, MD, found that after three months, 79 percent of the babies who received formula were still breastfeeding, compared to 42 percent who did not receive formula.
For more information, got to; http://www.ucsf.edu/news/2013/05/105831/early-formula-use-helps-some-mothers-breastfeed-longer
SOURCE: Pediatrics, May 2013
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