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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 10-12

The Human Milk: Prejudice versus Science

Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Khalid A Altirkawi
Department of Pediatrics, #39, College of Medicine, PO Box 7805, King Saud University, 11472 Riyadh
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/JNSM.JNSM_6_18

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Exclusive breastfeeding for the nutrition of healthy term infants is currently considered as the gold standard. Indeed, the widely held prejudice against human milk is something of the past. However, the universal acceptance of this fact on mothers' part is still to be achieved. Meanwhile, the widespread of baby-friendly hospital initiative movement makes it increasingly harder to question the safety or efficacy of this practice, even in the face of some concerning reports of unwanted outcomes. Apparently, there is a need for better compliance with safe sleep instructions while actively promoting breastfeeding practices. In some specific situations, breastfeeding becomes impractical, extremely difficult, or even contraindicated. Using a suitable formula in these circumstances becomes a must. Given all of this, a greater emphasis should be placed on efforts to improve the quality of currently available formulas and/or creating new ones that better meet the nutritional needs of all infants.

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