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The modern approach to breastfeeding: epidemiology and its importance for moternal and child wellbeing from the public health prospective (A Review of the Lancet Breastfeeding Series)

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Breastfeeding remains relevant in the 21st century. The current research into its unique properties attracted increased attention to breastmilk. This paper reviews the Lancet article “Breastfeeding in the 21st century: epidemiology, mechanisms, and lifelong effect” (Lancet, 2016). The review dwells upon breastfeeding international epidemiology; breastfeeding effect on maternal and child outcomes from the evidence based medicine prospective; the possible decrease in the number of preventable maternal and child deaths if breastfeeding practice is scaled up to conditionally optimal level.

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L. V. Abolyan
I.M. Sechenov First MSMU (Sechenov University)
Russian Federation

S. V. Novikova
I.M. Sechenov First MSMU (Sechenov University)
Russian Federation


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