Papel protector de la lactancia materna en las infecciones de la infancia: análisis crítico de la metodología de estudio


Papel protector de la lactancia materna en las infecciones de la infancia: análisis crítico de la metodología de estudio

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Autor:
José María Paricio Talayero. Servicio de Pediatría. Hospital Marina Alta, Denia. Alicante (España). Diplomado en Diseño y Estadística en Ciencias de la Salud. Comité de Lactancia Materna de la Asociación Española de Pediatría. Correo electrónico: pariciojm@terra.es

Términos clave en inglés: breast feeding; gastroenteritis; respiratory tract infections; hospitalization
Términos clave en español: lactancia materna; gastroenteritis; infecciones del tracto respiratorio; hospitalización

Fecha de recepción: 10 de Agosto de 2007
Fecha de aceptación: 22 de Agosto de 2007

Immunisation is preventive medicine par excellence. If a new vaccine became available that could prevent 1 million or more child deaths a year, and that was moreover cheap, safe administered orally, and required no cold chain, it would become an immediate public health imperative. Breastfeeding could do all this and more, but it requires its own “warm chain” of support –that is, skilled care for mothers to build their confidence and show them what to do, and protection from harmful practices. If this warm chain has been lost from the culture, or is faulty, then it must be made good by health services.
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Policy makers need to understand that provision of a warm chain for breastfeeding is a valuable as provision of a cold chain for vaccines and likewise requires adequate resources.
A warm chain for breastfeeding.1
The Lancet, 1994; 344: 1239-41.