WHO makes new recommendation on breast feeding
Andrew Moscrop Bangladesh
The World Health Organization (WHO) is using World Breast Feeding Week from 1 to 7 August to raise awareness of its new recommendation on breast feeding. This advocates six months as the optimum duration of exclusive breast feeding.
The resolution was agreed earlier this year at the WHO's annual assembly. The organisation had previously recommended that exclusive breast feeding should be continued for the first “four to six months” of life. The new recommendations assert that complementary feeding (supplementation of a breast milk diet with other foods) should, ideally, be introduced only when a child is six months old.
The resolution was made despite attempts by baby food manufacturers to prevent a change on the grounds that there was insufficient evidence. Andree Bronner, secretary general of the International Association of Infant Food Manufacturers, claimed that the new resolution is “without the scientific basis that the issue of feeding infants and