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Breastfeeding: benefits, risks and alternatives

Lawrence, Ruth A

Current Opinion in Obstetrics and Gynecology: December 2000 - Volume 12 - Issue 6 - p 519-524
Review Article

Obstetricians play a major role in guiding the infant feeding choices of their pregnant patients. The world literature continues to swell with reports and studies of the short- and long-term benefits to both mother and infant of breastfeeding. These benefits include protection against acute illnesses, long-term health protection, the psychological relationship and even savings in health care costs.

Correspondence to Ruth A. Lawrence, MD, University of Rochester Medical Center, Box 777, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14642, USA. Tel: +1 716 275 4354; e-mail:

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