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S L Huffman, E R Zehner, C Victora
OBJECTIVE: to review the literature on the relationship between breast-feeding practices in the first month of life and neonatal mortality. METHODS: Medline and Cochrane databases were searched using the keywords breastfeeding, and neonatal mortality, supplemented with additional searches using the keywords developing countries, colostrum, infant feeding and infant mortality, hypoglaecemia, hypothermia, breastfeeding practices, and suckling. FINDINGS: breast feeding helps prevent hypothermia and hypoglycaemia in newborn babies, which are contributory causes of early neonatal deaths especially among low birth weight and premature babies...
June 2001: Midwifery
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