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Health Professional Knowledge of Breastfeeding: Are the Health Risks of Infant Formula Feeding Accurately Conveyed by the Titles and Abstracts of Journal Articles?

Smith, Julie; Dunstone, Mark; Elliott-Rudder, Megan


Effective promotion of breastfeeding is constrained if health professionals' knowledge on its importance is deficient. This study asks whether formula feeding is named as the risk factor in published research or whether it is considered the unspoken norm. A systematic analysis is conducted of the information content of titles and abstracts of 78 studies that report poorer health among formula-fed infants. This shows a surprising silence in the studies examined; formula is rarely named in...[Show more]

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Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Human Lactation
DOI: 10.1177/0890334409331506


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