October 1990

Current Recommendations for Breast-feeding in Cystic Fibrosis Centers

Author Affiliations

From the Jack and Lucy Clark Department of Pediatrics, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY.

Am J Dis Child. 1990;144(10):1153-1156. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1990.02150340099033

• In recent years, breast-feeding has been strongly recommended, and the decision to breast-feed is made by a large percentage of women before pregnancy. We performed a survey to determine the current recommendations given to mothers in cystic fibrosis (CF) centers. For mothers of infants with CF, 77% of centers recommend breast-feeding alone or with pancreatic enzyme supplements and/or hydrolyzed formula. For mothers with CF, the following responses were given: 11% recommend breast-feeding, 8% do not recommend it, 42% make the recommendation according to the health status of the mother, and 32% make the recommendation according to the personal wishes of the mother. The duration of breast-feeding for mothers of infants with CF was reported to be from 3 to 6 months by 43% of centers, whereas for mothers with CF, 41% of centers reported the duration to be less than 3 months. Several centers reported that their experiences were not always positive, thus indicating a need to establish criteria to predict and ensure a successful outcome.

(AJDC. 1990;144:1153-1156)