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Pediatric Collections: Breastfeeding: Support Challenges and Benefits

Breastfeeding is a health care intervention of profound significance. Optimal breastfeeding practices, defined as exclusive breastfeeding through 6 months of age followed by continued breastfeeding with introduction of solid foods, save lives. Worldwide, in children 0–23 months, careful meta-analysis demonstrates a significantly decreased mortality rate with dose response in both all-cause and infection-related mortality among infants and children who received recommended breastfeeding, compared to those who received partial or no breastfeeding. Mothers benefit from optimal breastfeeding practices too, and recent analysis of data from high-, middle-, and low-income countries shows that universal optimal breastfeeding could prevent 20,000 deaths due to breast cancer (breastfeeding has been clearly shown to decrease risk of breast cancer in a dose-related manner). Breastfeeding may be the least expensive yet most cost-effective health intervention known.
Nicole Hood, MPH; Brendan Flannery, PhD; Manjusha Gaglani, MBBS; Madhava Beeram, MD; Karen Wernli, PhD; Michael L. Jackson, PhD; Emily T. Martin, PhD, MPH; Arnold S. Monto, MD; Richard Zimmerman, MD, MPH; Jonathan Raviotta, PhD, CPH; Edward A. Belongia, MD; Huong Q. McLean, PhD; Sara Kim, MPH; Manish M. Patel, MD; Jessie R. Chung, MPH
Doi: 10.1542/peds.2022-059922
Juhi Gupta, MD, DM; Prashant Jauhari, MD, DM; Atin Kumar, MD; Sheffali Gulati, MD, FRCPCH, FAMS; Biswaroop Chakrabarty, MD, DM; Aditya Kumar Gupta, MD, FNB; Rachna Seth, MD
Doi: 10.1542/peds.2022-057848
Andrea T. Cruz, MD, MPH; James A. Seddon, MD, PhD
Doi: 10.1542/peds.2022-060180
Maryline Bonnet, MD, PhD; Anne-Christine Nordholm, MD; Bob Ssekyanzi, MD; Onesmus Byamukama, MD; Patrick Orikiriza, MSc, PhD; Tobias Tusabe, MMED; Dan Nyehangane, MSc; Ivan Mugisha Taremwa, MSc; Esther Turyashemererwa, BSc; Eric Wobudeya, MD, MSc; Juliet Mwanga-Amumpaire, MEED; Ben J Marais, MBChB, MMed, PhD; Dorah Nampijja, MEED
Doi: 10.1542/peds.2022-057912
Jeffrey P. Brosco, MD, PhD; Shirley Payne, PhD, MPH
Doi: 10.1542/peds.2022-060498
Natalie Slopen, ScD; Candace Cosgrove, MPH; Dolores Acevedo-Garcia, PhD; Mark L. Hatzenbuehler, PhD; Jack P. Shonkoff, MD; Clemens Noelke, PhD
Doi: 10.1542/peds.2022-058316
Shannon Chan, MD; Meghan Duck, MS, RNC-OB, CNS; Kate Frometa, CNM; Melissa Liebowitz, MD; Melissa G. Rosenstein, MD, MAS; Martha Tesfalul, MD; Marie-Coralie Cornet, MD; Katelin P. Kramer, MS, MD
Doi: 10.1542/hpeds.2022-006633
John P. Pierce, PhD; Eric C. Leas, PhD; David R. Strong, PhD
Doi: 10.1542/peds.2022-059158
Kimberly Hoover, MD; Matthew D. Di Guglielmo, MD, PhD; Brittany Perry, DO
Doi: 10.1542/peds.2022-059998
COMMITTEE ON PRACTICE AND AMBULATORY MEDICINE ; M. Hackell, MD, FAAP; Yvette M. Almendarez, MD, FAAP; Abeba M. Berhane, MD, FAAP; Patricia E. Cantrell, MD, FAAP; Lisa M. Kafer, MD, FAAP; Tomitra Latimer, MD, FAAP; Katherine S. Schafer, DO, FAAP; Alisa Skatrud, MPA; Robin Warner, MD, FAAP; Robert H. Wiskind, MD, FAAP; Mackenzie Magnus, MBA, MPH; BRIGHT FUTURES PERIODICITY SCHEDULE WORKGROUP ; Patricia E. Cantrell, MD, FAAP; Alex R. Kemper, MD, MPH, MS, FAAP; Alisa Skatrud, MPA; Robin Warner, MD, FAAP; Jane B. Bassewitz, MA; Kathryn M. Janies
Doi: 10.1542/peds.2023-061451
Heidi M. Kloster, MD; Ryan J. Coller, MD, MPH
Doi: 10.1542/peds.2022-060878
Amanda C. Schondelmeyer, MD, MSc; Clea D. Harris, MD; Christopher P. Bonafide, MD, MSCE
Doi: 10.1542/hpeds.2023-007147
Courtney Byrd, MD; Michelle Noelck, MD; Ellen Kerns, PhD; Mersine Bryan, MD, MPH; Michelle Hamline, MD, PhD; Matthew Garber, MD; Olivia Ostrow, MD; Valerie Riss, MD, MPH; Kristin Shadman, MD; Steven Shein, MD; Robert Willer, MD; Shawn Ralston, MD
Doi: 10.1542/hpeds.2022-006965
Katie Moynihan, MBBS; Urbano L. França, PhD; David W. Casavant, MD; Robert J. Graham, MD; Michael L. McManus, MD, MPH
Doi: 10.1542/peds.2022-059014
Brad T. Tinkle, MD, PhD; Ronald V. Lacro, MD; Leah W. Burke, MD, FAAP; THE COUNCIL ON GENETICS ; Leah W. Burke, MD, MA, FAAP; Timothy A. Geleske, MD, FAAP; Ingrid A. Holm, MD, FAAP; Wendy J. Introne, MD, FAAP; Kelly Jones, MD, FAAP; Michael J. Lyons, MD, FAAP; Danielle C. Monteil, MD, FAAP; Amanda B. Pritchard, MD, FAAP; Pamela Lyn Smith Trapane, MD, FAAP; Samantha A. Vergano, MD, FAAP; Kathryn Weaver, MD, FAAP; Aimee A. Alexander, MS, CGC; Christopher Cunniff, MD, FAAP; Mary E. Null, MD; Melissa A. Parisi, MD, PhD, FAAP; Steven J. Ralston, MD; Joan Scott, MS, CGC; Paul Spire
Doi: 10.1542/peds.2023-061450
Scott A. Lorch, MD, MSCE
Doi: 10.1542/peds.2022-060788
Jiani Yu, PhD; Robert Tyler Braun, PhD; Amelia S. Bond, PhD; Ambar M. La Forgia, PhD; Arindam RoyChoudhury, PhD; Manyao Zhang, MS; Jin Kim, MS; Lawrence P. Casalino, MD, PhD
Doi: 10.1542/peds.2022-057931
Michele Ybarra, MPH, PhD; Margaret Rosario, PhD; Elizabeth Saewyc, PhD; Carol Goodenow, PhD; Shira Dunsiger, PhD
Doi: 10.1542/peds.2022-059172
Aimee Robinson, MD; Jeffrey C. Winer, MD, MA, MSHS; Kristen Bettin, MD, Med
Doi: 10.1542/hpeds.2022-006914
Ludovic Tréluyer, MD, MSc; Marie Chevallier, MD, PhD; Pierre-Henri Jarreau, MD, PhD; Olivier Baud, MD, PhD; Valérie Benhammou, PhD; Catherine Gire, MD; Laetitia Marchand-Martin, MSc; Stéphane Marret, MD, PhD; Véronique Pierrat, MD, PhD; Pierre-Yves Ancel, MD, PhD; Héloïse Torchin, MD, PhD
Doi: 10.1542/peds.2022-059138
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