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Breastfeeding Limitations

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It has been challenging to rate the strength of breastfeeding research due to the inconsistency of definitions related to breastfeeding (such as the exclusivity, frequency, intensity and duration) and inability to conduct randomized controlled trials, which would be deemed unethical. Despite the inability to obtain high-quality evidence due to practical limitations, meta-analyses continue to indicate that breastfeeding is associated with an increase of health benefits to both mothers and infants.

The well established health benefits for infants include, a reduced risk for gastrointestinal infections, respiratory infections, and otis media. Long term, but less established effects of individuals that were not breastfed, have an increased risk
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