Commentary: does breastfeeding for longer cause children to be shorter?

  title={Commentary: does breastfeeding for longer cause children to be shorter?},
  author={Richard M. Martin},
  journal={International journal of epidemiology},
  volume={30 3},
Historically, prolonged lactation has been a traditional practice in many communities, reportedly reaching 15 years amongst Eskimos in 19th century King William Land. Nevertheless, there has long been speculation that extended breastfeeding adversely impacts on maternal and child health. A note in the Lancet in 1842 records the case of a woman who breastfed her child for over 3 years and then developed epilepsy. The attending physician wrote: ‘The worst symptoms of debility at last attended… CONTINUE READING

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