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Open Pediatr Med Journal. 2013 Jun 24;7:40-41.

Breastfeeding During Early Infancy is Associated with a Lower Incidence of Febrile Illnesses.

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1
Division of Infectious Disease and Immunology, Department of Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA, USA.
2
Department of Medicine, Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, Manila, Philippines ; Department of Microbiology, Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, Manila, Philippines.
3
Department of Medicine, Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, Manila, Philippines.
4
San Pablo City Health Office, San Pablo, Philippines.
5
Department of Epidemiology, Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, Manila, Philippines.

Abstract

Human breast milk is known to contain immunoprotective, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory agents. In a prospective clinical study of dengue virus infections during infancy, we examined the correlation between breastfeeding and the development of febrile illnesses in an infant population. We found that breastfeeding status and the frequency of breastfeeding during early infancy was associated with a lower incidence of febrile illnesses.

KEYWORDS:

Breastfeeding; bottle-feeding; fever; infant

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