Six Months of Exclusive Breastfeeding is Questioned


exclusive breastfeedingBreastfeeding exclusively for six months without introducing other foods may not be the best for babies. A study published this week by the British Medical Journal gives recommendations on the mother for her baby to not only depend on breast milk until the age of six months. Giving a baby solid food before the age of six months might be better for babies.

In 2001 the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a recommendation that countries should adopt the recommendation of exclusive breastfeeding for six months. But the United States, 65 percent of European Union countries as well as other countries choose not to follow the recommendations of the WHO. The research team consider this recommendations should only be applied in developing countries that still have limited access to clean water and proper baby food.

“You can see, many babies are still weaned before the age of six months – and perhaps that is the most important thing that must be considered as evidence,” said study leader Dr. Mary Fewtrell to BBC.

Mary who is a child health consultant at the Institute of Child Health at University College London (UCL) have argued, giving only breast milk in the first six months of age babies do not provide adequate nutrition. Exclusive breastfeeding for six months without solid food can lead to iron-deficient in infants, the possibility of small bowel disease and even allergies to food.

Researcher also believes that giving exclusive breastfeeding for six months reduces the chance of the baby to the introduction of sense, especially in bitter foods that can increase the acceptance of their tongues to taste vegetables in the future. Here’s what tends to affect children to prefer unhealthy foods that may lead to obesity.

But researchers also emphasize that breastfeeding can continue although the child has been introduced to solid food. European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) also concluded that infants in the European Union aresafe to start getting extra food from the age of four to six months.

But Gillian Smith from the U.K. ‘S Royal College of Midwives said that a baby might experience digestive problems if they are fed too early. “Premature feeding of infants can cause intestinal problems and the baby may not be strong enough to digest it,” said Gillian to Sky News.

Janet Fyle who is also from Britain’s Royal College of Midwives said that this research is a step back and is a game played by the baby food industry. “There is evidence showing babies in developed countries died because of too early feeding and it is not appropriate because the baby’s swallowing mechanism is not  yet strong,” said Janet.