Thursday 22 March 2018

Tell full story on breastfeeding

'Breast not always best for babies, says study'. If you print statements like those of Sven Carlsen (Irish Independent, January 7), surely the public deserves to have those statements put in context.

The report failed to acknowledge that this research was carried out on 180 pregnant women who were expected to have low-birthweight babies. Any findings from such a limited sample would have to be dismissed when considered against the mountain of evidence which supports the WHO and HSE recommendations regarding breastfeeding.

There was no detailed consideration of the wide-ranging health impacts of breastfeeding on mother and baby, including a much reduced risk of breast cancer, cervical cancer and osteoporosis. Formula can not be compared in these circumstances. None of this has been considered in Mr Carlsen's research.

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