Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

The optimal duration of exclusive breastfeeding: a systematic review

Kramer, Michael S.; Kakuma, Ritsuko; World Health Organization

Publication details

Number of pages: 47
Publication date: 2001
Languages: English
WHO reference number: WHO/NHD/01.08; WHO/FCH/CAH/01.23



This review summarizes studies comparing the effects of exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months versus exclusive breastfeeding for 3-4 months on child health, growth and development, and on maternal health. This review documents the search and methods, provides results of the review and discusses these results.