Commentary on a Cochrane Review of early additional food and fluids for healthy breastfed full-term infants

Kate Maslin

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The World Health Organization recommends that infants should be exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months of life. A Cochrane Review assessed the benefits and harms of additional foods and fluids for full-term healthy breastfed infants. The review included randomized or quasirandomized controlled trials of full-term healthy breastfed infants up to the age of 6 months. Six studies met the inclusion criteria. Trials from early days after birth did not indicate that giving additional fluids was beneficial. Trials with 4- to 6-month-old infants did not indicate any benefit to supplementing with food at 4 months. This review did not find any evidence for disagreement with the recommendation that exclusive breastfeeding should be recommended for 6 months after birth.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)347-349
JournalNursing for Women's Health
Issue number4
Early online date9 Aug 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2016


  • diet
  • gestational weight gain
  • physical activity
  • pregnancy weight gain

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