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Furor Over the New Breastfeeding Study

A recent commentary in the British Medical Journal is causing anger among breastfeeding advocates. The commentary argues that four months of exclusive breast feeding is probably just as good as six months (the current British recommendation), and is less likely to cause harm.

The commentary's title, "Six months of breastmilk alone is too long and could harm babies, scientists now say," has upset breastfeeding advocates, who are worried about promotion of infant formulas as substitutes for breast milk.

According to Food Politics:

"As it turns out, several of the authors of the BMJ commentary consult for formula companies. Those authors vehemently deny that their ties to formula companies influence their opinions. That may or may not be so, but such ties strongly correlate with research results and opinions favorable to the corporate ally."

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