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The Pediatric Forum
March 2006

Increased Exclusive Breastfeeding Rates Fall Short of Proposed Healthy People 2010 Goals

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2006;160(3):323-324. doi:10.1001/archpedi.160.3.323-a

The Anderson et al article1 on a peer counseling intervention to increase exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) is timely, given proposed Healthy People 2010 revised goals of 60% of mothers EBF at 3 months and 25% at 6 months.2 Currently, just 46% of US mothers EBF at hospital discharge, while 17% do so at 6 months.3 The Anderson et al study involved several elements of “best practice” education and support, including prenatal home visits (n = 3), daily hospital visits, and postpartum home visits (n = 9), designed to boost EBF.

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