Weaning practices and iron status of exclusively breast fed infants.

A. Ntouva, Angela Macadam, I. Rogers, P. Emmett

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Abstract

Introduction: In 2001 the World Health Organisation (WHO) issued a public health recommendation that all infants should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life. The Department of Health adopted this recommendation in 2003 (Department of Health, 2003). However, as breast milk is very low in iron content (0.3–0.5mgL−1), there has been concern about the possible impact of this advice on the development of anaemia, a condition that if left untreated could cause irreversible developmental delays (Lozoff et al., 2000). The purpose of this research is to explore the weaning practices (dietary patterns and adequacy) and haemoglobin levels of long term breastfed infants
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)297-298
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics
Volume24
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 May 2011

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