There has been a huge amount of press interest in an article published in the BJM, which has been widely interpreted as an attack on the benefits of exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months.
It should be remembered that this is NOT more fuel for the breast v breastmilk substitute debate but it can be seen as an attempt to encourage mothers who ARE breastfeeding to start weaning at an earlier age.
Much has (rightly) been made of the fact that this was little more than a review of a few (inconclusive) research projects pulled together by a number of professionals who have close links with the baby food industry.
The BMJ appear to be claiming that the article has been misinterpreted by the press (see posts on Twitter) but the up shot is that more parents are now confused over what is the best choice for their baby and could be needlessly worried about the health of their baby.
The excellent Baby Milk Action have once again published a highly informative report, entitled:
This is a great read – informative yet understandable and give a good review of the history of the article and its authors, and the “research” it is based on.