By 8 months of age, 1% of infants are hospitalised for diarrhoea and 3% for lower respiratory tract infection (LRTI).
With adjustment for confounders, an estimated 50% of hospitalisations with diarrhoea and 25% of hospitalisations for LRTI could have been prevented by exclusive breast-feeding.
Reference: Quigley M.A., Kelly Y.J., Sacker A.S. (2007) Breastfeeding and Hospitalization for Diarrheal and Respiratory Infection in the United Kingdom Millennium Cohort Study. Pediatrics; 119; e837- e842 (15890 healthy, singleton, term infants).
Previously published: 24/02/14, 03/12/14