Maternal and Child Health Journal
Coulibaly, et al. examine breast feeding patterns for mothers based on family income and then examine the data for effects on children’s health. The results are in-line with other studies which show that women from higher income groups are more likely to breast feed their babies and to breast feed them for longer duration's. Further, the study found that breast feeding regardless of income group, reduced the number of chronic health problems in the infant children and the number of hospital visits.The benefits of breast feeding are well documented with regards to infants’ health, growth, immunity, and development. According to data assembled by Healthy People 2010, breastfeeding decreases the number of cases and severity of diarrhea, respiratory infections, and ear infections.
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