|Breastfeeding Reduces Need For Antimicrobials|
|Written by Roman Bystrianyk|
|Friday, 22 October 2004 00:00|
Breastfeeding has been shown to reduce the number of infections in infants. Studies have shown a decreased incidence of meningitis, sepsis, pneumococcal disease, as well as resistant pneumococcal bacterium as compared with their formula-fed peers. Breastfeeding also reduces diarrheal disease, urinary tract infections, ear infections, as well as respiratory illnesses. Many of these illnesses result in the use of antimicrobials, with up to 53% of all antimicrobials being prescribed to 0-4 year olds.
The authors also note that by reducing the use of antimicrobials there would be a decrease in the numbers of resistant bacteria. “Numerous studies have linked repeated antimicrobial exposure to the carriage of resistant organisms, especially penicillin-resistant Pneumococcus. Encouraging women to breastfeed could be a practical intervention to reduce antimicrobial exposure in infants and consequently decrease the number of resistant organisms.”
Source: Clinical Pediatrics, September 2004, pp. 631-636
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