oa South African Family Practice - Maternal medication and breastfeeding : current recommendations : review article



Extracted from text ... SA Fam Pract 2005;47(9) 42 Introduction The benefits of breastfeeding for infants in the first year of life in developing countries1 and developed countries2 are well established. In addition, maternal benefits such as earlier return to pre-pregnant weight, 3 increased child spacing, 4 improved bone re-mineralization postpartum, 5 reduction in hip fractures in the postmenopausal period, 6 reduced risk of ovarian cancer7 and pre-menopausal breast cancer, 8 are well described. Thus a decision to deny the infant and mother the potential benefits of breast feeding must be carefully considered, and based on the best available evidence. The average transfer of ..


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