Breastfeeding and its gamut of benefits

Chiara Gertosio, Cristina Meazza, Sara Pagani, Mauro Bozzola

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

Maternal milk is recommended as the optimal and exclusive source of early nutrition for all infants from birth and until at least their sixth month of age. Their nutritional virtues are due to potent immune factors and a unique composition which evolves in tandem with the infant's growth and developmental needs. Breast milk promotes sensory and cognitive development, and protects the infant against infectious and chronic diseases. Exclusive breastfeeding reduces infant mortality due to common childhood illnesses such as diarrhea or pneumonia, and improves recovery time during illness. Breastfeeding provides numerous short- and long-term health benefits for both the baby and its mother. Beyond the immediate benefits for infants, breastfeeding also contributes to a lifetime of good health. In this review we describe the influence of breastfeeding on mental and psychomotor development, on the risk of endocrine disorders, pediatric cancers and allergic diseases for the breastfed child. More prospective studies with comparable methodologies and longer periods of follow-up are necessary to allow firm conclusions on the effects of breastfeeding in some of these aspects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-212
Number of pages12
JournalMinerva Pediatrica
Volume68
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2016

Fingerprint

Breast Feeding
Mothers
Immunologic Factors
Infant Mortality
Human Milk
Insurance Benefits
Child Development
Communicable Diseases
Diarrhea
Pneumonia
Milk
Chronic Disease
Parturition
Prospective Studies
Pediatrics
Health
Growth
Neoplasms

Keywords

  • Breastfeeding
  • Growth and development
  • Mothers
  • Newborn infant

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

Cite this

Gertosio, C., Meazza, C., Pagani, S., & Bozzola, M. (2016). Breastfeeding and its gamut of benefits. Minerva Pediatrica, 68(3), 201-212.

Breastfeeding and its gamut of benefits. / Gertosio, Chiara; Meazza, Cristina; Pagani, Sara; Bozzola, Mauro.

In: Minerva Pediatrica, Vol. 68, No. 3, 01.06.2016, p. 201-212.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Gertosio, C, Meazza, C, Pagani, S & Bozzola, M 2016, 'Breastfeeding and its gamut of benefits', Minerva Pediatrica, vol. 68, no. 3, pp. 201-212.
Gertosio C, Meazza C, Pagani S, Bozzola M. Breastfeeding and its gamut of benefits. Minerva Pediatrica. 2016 Jun 1;68(3):201-212.
Gertosio, Chiara ; Meazza, Cristina ; Pagani, Sara ; Bozzola, Mauro. / Breastfeeding and its gamut of benefits. In: Minerva Pediatrica. 2016 ; Vol. 68, No. 3. pp. 201-212.
@article{7b322b54517b40da9544579c9514e710,
title = "Breastfeeding and its gamut of benefits",
abstract = "Maternal milk is recommended as the optimal and exclusive source of early nutrition for all infants from birth and until at least their sixth month of age. Their nutritional virtues are due to potent immune factors and a unique composition which evolves in tandem with the infant's growth and developmental needs. Breast milk promotes sensory and cognitive development, and protects the infant against infectious and chronic diseases. Exclusive breastfeeding reduces infant mortality due to common childhood illnesses such as diarrhea or pneumonia, and improves recovery time during illness. Breastfeeding provides numerous short- and long-term health benefits for both the baby and its mother. Beyond the immediate benefits for infants, breastfeeding also contributes to a lifetime of good health. In this review we describe the influence of breastfeeding on mental and psychomotor development, on the risk of endocrine disorders, pediatric cancers and allergic diseases for the breastfed child. More prospective studies with comparable methodologies and longer periods of follow-up are necessary to allow firm conclusions on the effects of breastfeeding in some of these aspects.",
keywords = "Breastfeeding, Growth and development, Mothers, Newborn infant",
author = "Chiara Gertosio and Cristina Meazza and Sara Pagani and Mauro Bozzola",
year = "2016",
month = "6",
day = "1",
language = "English",
volume = "68",
pages = "201--212",
journal = "Minerva Pediatrica",
issn = "0026-4946",
publisher = "Edizioni Minerva Medica S.p.A.",
number = "3",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Breastfeeding and its gamut of benefits

AU - Gertosio, Chiara

AU - Meazza, Cristina

AU - Pagani, Sara

AU - Bozzola, Mauro

PY - 2016/6/1

Y1 - 2016/6/1

N2 - Maternal milk is recommended as the optimal and exclusive source of early nutrition for all infants from birth and until at least their sixth month of age. Their nutritional virtues are due to potent immune factors and a unique composition which evolves in tandem with the infant's growth and developmental needs. Breast milk promotes sensory and cognitive development, and protects the infant against infectious and chronic diseases. Exclusive breastfeeding reduces infant mortality due to common childhood illnesses such as diarrhea or pneumonia, and improves recovery time during illness. Breastfeeding provides numerous short- and long-term health benefits for both the baby and its mother. Beyond the immediate benefits for infants, breastfeeding also contributes to a lifetime of good health. In this review we describe the influence of breastfeeding on mental and psychomotor development, on the risk of endocrine disorders, pediatric cancers and allergic diseases for the breastfed child. More prospective studies with comparable methodologies and longer periods of follow-up are necessary to allow firm conclusions on the effects of breastfeeding in some of these aspects.

AB - Maternal milk is recommended as the optimal and exclusive source of early nutrition for all infants from birth and until at least their sixth month of age. Their nutritional virtues are due to potent immune factors and a unique composition which evolves in tandem with the infant's growth and developmental needs. Breast milk promotes sensory and cognitive development, and protects the infant against infectious and chronic diseases. Exclusive breastfeeding reduces infant mortality due to common childhood illnesses such as diarrhea or pneumonia, and improves recovery time during illness. Breastfeeding provides numerous short- and long-term health benefits for both the baby and its mother. Beyond the immediate benefits for infants, breastfeeding also contributes to a lifetime of good health. In this review we describe the influence of breastfeeding on mental and psychomotor development, on the risk of endocrine disorders, pediatric cancers and allergic diseases for the breastfed child. More prospective studies with comparable methodologies and longer periods of follow-up are necessary to allow firm conclusions on the effects of breastfeeding in some of these aspects.

KW - Breastfeeding

KW - Growth and development

KW - Mothers

KW - Newborn infant

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84966681556&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84966681556&partnerID=8YFLogxK

M3 - Article

VL - 68

SP - 201

EP - 212

JO - Minerva Pediatrica

JF - Minerva Pediatrica

SN - 0026-4946

IS - 3

ER -