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Medical News & Perspectives
December 10, 2008

Preventive Services Task Force Endorses Breastfeeding Support in Primary Care

JAMA. 2008;300(22):2598. doi:10.1001/jama.2008.713

A new recommendation from the US Preventive Services TaskForce (USPSTF) urges primary care physicians to do more to encourage mothers to breastfeed their infants.

Citing strong evidence that breastfeeding provides health benefits for children, and moderate evidence that it benefits women as well, the USPSTF evaluated the literature on breastfeeding support interventions to determine whether such efforts are effective. The organization found sufficient evidence that supportive interventions increase rates of breastfeeding initiation as well as the duration and exclusivity of breastfeeding (US Preventive Services Task Force. Ann Intern Med. 2008;149[8]:560-564).