January 1982

Breast-feeding and Infant Health in a Rural US Community

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Family Practice, University of Iowa, Iowa City. Dr Paine is now in private practice in State College, Pa.

Am J Dis Child. 1982;136(1):36-38. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1982.03970370038009

• The medical history for the first year of life of 106 infants in a rural community was reviewed. During the first month of life, a significant difference was found in the number of office visits for illness between breast-fed infants and infants who were bottle-fed from birth. For the first 6 months of life, breast-fed infants with and without bottle supplements had significantly fewer months with illness than bottle-fed infants, regardless of prior exposure to breast milk. Demographic data indicated no appreciable differences between feeding groups. It is concluded that breast-feeding offers a protective advantage against illness.

(Am J Dis Child 1982;136:36-38)