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Exclusive breastfeeding prevents death from diarrhoeal

and acute respiratory infections


The importance of exclusive breastfeeding is highlighted by the dramatic results from a large population study done in Latin America and the Caribbean that examined breastfeeding rates from national surveys for 16 countries.   Researchers, Betran et al, analyzed infant feeding patterns for the first year of life and exclusive breastfeeding for ages 0 to 3 months as relatively few older infants in Latin America are exclusively breastfed.  In addition they used “attributable risk methods” to calculate the fraction of deaths from diarrhoeal disease and acute respiratory infections that could be prevented by exclusive breastfeeding during the first 3 months and partial breastfeeding for the remainder of the first year. In 1990 deaths due to diarrhoeal disease for children under 5 years old was 18.4% and from acute respiratory disease 14.1%. Half of the diarrhoeal disease deaths occurred during the first year of life and three quarters of the deaths from acute respiratory disease.


Table 3. Annual age specific mortality from diarrhoeal disease in Latin America that is preventable by exclusive breast feeding of infants aged 0-3 months and partial breast feeding for remainder of first year. Results are presented as attributable proportions of deaths from diarrhoeal disease and deaths from all causes.







The authors estimated that in Latin America 55% of infant deaths totaling about 52,000 deaths annually from both diseases are preventable by exclusively breastfeeding infants aged 0 to 3 months and partially breastfeeding for the remainder of the first year. They recommend that breastfeeding promotion interventions focus on exclusive breastfeeding and meeting the challenge of providing adequate and comprehensive support to mothers.  Given the recent passage of WHA 54.2 an increased emphasis on not only exclusive breastfeeding but the optimal duration of 6 months will no doubt increase the life saving benefits even more.