Breastfeeding: maintaining an irreplaceable immunological resource


Breastfeeding — the main source of active and passive immunity in the vulnerable early months and years of life — is considered to be the most effective preventive means of reducing the death rate of children under five. Given this, one must wonder why it has slipped quietly down the priorities of the global health and development agendas. In this era of public–private partnerships, can its role as an irreplaceable immunological resource help keep it at the top of global agendas?

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Labbok, M., Clark, D. & Goldman, A. Breastfeeding: maintaining an irreplaceable immunological resource. Nat Rev Immunol 4, 565–572 (2004).

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