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Evolution-informed maternal–infant health

Can applying an evolutionary perspective generate effective change in clinical care and/or public health policy? An evolution-informed research programme has changed practice on UK post-natal units and UK health policies on infant care over the past two decades.

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Figure 1: Bed-sharing is strongly associated with breastfeeding continuation.
Figure 2: Breastfeeding mothers sleep with their babies in a characteristic way.

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Ball, H. Evolution-informed maternal–infant health. Nat Ecol Evol 1, 0073 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-017-0073

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