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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.
Mary Anne Jackson, MD, FAAP; Gordon E. Schutze, MD, FAAP; COMMITTEE ON INFECTIOUS DISEASES
Doi: 10.1542/peds.2016-2706
H. Dele Davies, MD; Carrie L. Byington, MD; COMMITTEE ON INFECTIOUS DISEASES
Doi: 10.1542/peds.2016-1891
Aline B. Maddux, MD, MSCS; Laura Berbert, MS; Cameron C. Young, BS; Leora R. Feldstein, PhD; Laura D. Zambrano, PhD; Suden Kucukak, MD; Margaret M. Newhams, MPH; Kristen Miller, MS; Madyson M. FitzGerald, BS; Jie He, MS; Natasha B. Halasa, MD; Natalie Z. Cvijanovich, MD; Laura L. Loftis, MD; Tracie C. Walker, MD; Stephanie P. Schwartz, MD; Shira J. Gertz, MD; Keiko M. Tarquinio, MD; Julie C. Fitzgerald, MD, PhD; Michele Kong, MD; Jennifer E. Schuster, MD; Elizabeth H. Mack, MD; Charlotte V. Hobbs, MD; Courtney M. Rowan, MD, MScr; Mary A. Staat, MD; Matt S. Zinter, MD; Katherine Irby, MD; Hillary Crandall, MD, PhD; Heidi Flori, MD; Melissa L. Cullimore, MD; Ryan A. Nofziger, MD; Steven L. Shein, MD; Mary Glas Gaspers, MD; Janet R. Hume, MD, PhD; Emily R. Levy, MD; Sabrina R. Chen, BA; Manish M. Patel, MD; Mark W. Tenforde, MD, PhD; Edie Weller, PhD; Angela P. Campbell, MD, MPH; Adrienne G. Randolph, MD; for the Overcoming COVID-19 Investigators
Doi: 10.1542/peds.2022-057798
Maximilian Stich, MD; Louise Benning, MD; Claudius Speer, MD; Sven F. Garbade, PhD; Marie Bartenschlager; Heeyoung Kim, PhD; Florian Gleich, MSc; Kathrin Jeltsch, PhD; Bettina Haase, MSc; Aleš Janda, MD; Hanna Renk, MD; Roland Elling, MD; Paul Schnitzler, PhD; Tim Waterboer, PhD; Georg Friedrich Hoffmann, MD; Hans-Georg Kräusslich, MD; Barbara Müller, PhD; Ralf Bartenschlager, PhD; Burkhard Tönshoff, MD
Doi: 10.1542/peds.2022-057151
Shefaly Shorey, PhD; Esperanza D. Ng, BPsySc (Hons); Evelyn C. Law, MD; John C.M. Wong, MBBS, MMed (Psych); Kah Yin Loke, MBBS, MMed (Paeds); Wilson W.S. Tam, PhD
Doi: 10.1542/peds.2022-056540
James W. Antoon, MD, PhD, MPH; Matt Hall, PhD; Leigh M. Howard, MD, MPH; Alison Herndon, MD, MPH; Katherine L. Freundlich, MD; Carlos G. Grijalva, MD, MPH; Derek J. Williams, MD, MPH
Doi: 10.1542/peds.2022-058167
Stephen G. Flynn, MD, FAAP; Mary Lyn Stein, MD, FAAP; John E. Fiadjoe, MD
Doi: 10.1542/peds.2022-057567
Nicole K. Yamada, MD, MS; Christopher JD McKinlay, PhD, MBChB; Bin Huey Quek, M. Med, MRCP; Georg M. Schmölzer, MD, PhD; Myra H. Wyckoff, MD; Helen G. Liley, MB, ChB, FRACP; Yacov Rabi, MD; Gary M. Weiner, MD
Doi: 10.1542/peds.2022-056568
Kourosh Sabri, MB ChB, FRCOphth, FRCSC; Anna L Ells, MD, FRCSC; Elizabeth Y. Lee, MD; Sourabh Dutta, MD, PhD; Anand Vineker, MD, FRCS, PhD
Doi: 10.1542/peds.2021-053924
Scott M. Sutherland, MD; Alexis S. Davis, MD; Diana Powell, RN; Jennifer Tanaka, RN; Mayna Woo, RN; Shellie Josephs, MD; Cynthia J. Wong, MD
Doi: 10.1542/peds.2022-056570
Debra K. Katzman, MD; Tim Guimond, MD, PhD; Wendy Spettigue, MD; Holly Agostino, MD; Jennifer Couturier, MD, MSc; Mark L. Norris, MD
Doi: 10.1542/peds.2022-057494
Rayzel Shulman, MD, PhD; Meranda Nakhla, MD, MSc; Christina Diong, MSc; Therese A. Stukel, PhD; Astrid Guttmann, MDCM, MSc
Doi: 10.1542/peds.2022-058349
Emanuele Amodio, MD, PhD; Dario Genovese, MD; Luca Mazzeo, MD; Luca Martino, MD; Vincenzo Restivo, MD, PhD; Giuseppe Vella, MD; Giuseppe Calamusa, MD; Francesco Vitale, MD
Doi: 10.1542/peds.2022-057394
Ashley G. Sutton, MD; Hunter G. Smith, MD, MPH; Melanie Edwards Dawes, RN, MBA, MHA, NE-BC; Megan O’Connor, DNP, RN, NE-BC; Andrea A. Hayes, MD; John P. Downs, MD, MBA; Michael J. Steiner, MD, MPH
Doi: 10.1542/hpeds.2021-006390
Jori F. Bogetz, MD; Anna Revette, PhD; Lindsay Partin, BS; Danielle D. DeCourcey, MD, MPH
Doi: 10.1542/hpeds.2022-006596
Daniel J. Shapiro, MD; Ann Chen Wu, MD, MPH
Doi: 10.1542/peds.2022-057926
Anne Kotaniemi-Syrjänen, MD; Timo Klemola, MD; Petri Koponen, MD; Outi Jauhola, MD; Henrikka Aito, MD; Kristiina Malmström, MD; L. Pekka Malmberg, MD; Eero Rahiala, MD; Seppo Sarna, PhD; Anna S. Pelkonen, MD; Mika J. Mäkelä, MD
Doi: 10.1542/peds.2021-055860
Kathleen E. Hannan, MD, MSCS; Sunah S. Hwang, MD, MPH, PhD; Stephanie L. Bourque, MD, MSCS
Doi: 10.1542/peds.2022-058043
Hilary K. Brown, PhD; Simon Chen, MPH; Astrid Guttmann, MDCM, MSc, FRCPC; Susan M. Havercamp, PhD; Susan L. Parish, PhD; Joel G. Ray, MD, MSc, FRCPC; Simone N. Vigod, MD, MSc, FRCPC; Lesley A. Tarasoff, PhD; Yona Lunsky, PhD, C.Psych
Doi: 10.1542/peds.2021-055318
Vanessa N. Madrigal, MD, MSCE, HEC-C; Kara Curry, MA, RN
Doi: 10.1542/hpeds.2022-006734
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