17 Jan Exclusive breastfeeding for six months best for babies everywhere
WHO recommends mothers worldwide to exclusively breastfeed infants for the child’s first six months to achieve optimal growth, development and health. Thereafter, they should be given nutritious complementary foods and continue breastfeeding up to the age of two years or beyond.
The latest systematic review of the evidence on this issue was published in 2009 (“Optimal duration of exclusive breastfeeding (Review)”, Kramer MS, Kakuma R. The Cochrane Library, 2009, Issue 4). The findings of the review, which included two controlled trials and 18 other studies conducted in both developed and developing countries, support current WHO recommendations.