EFFECT OF BREASTFEEDING ON GASTROINTESTINAL INFECTION IN INFANTS: A TARGETED MAXIMUM LIKELIHOOD APPROACH FOR CLUSTERED LONGITUDINAL DATA.

@article{Schnitzer2014EFFECTOB,
  title={EFFECT OF BREASTFEEDING ON GASTROINTESTINAL INFECTION IN INFANTS: A TARGETED MAXIMUM LIKELIHOOD APPROACH FOR CLUSTERED LONGITUDINAL DATA.},
  author={Mireille E. Schnitzer and Mark J. van der Laan and Erica E M Moodie and Robert William Platt},
  journal={The annals of applied statistics},
  year={2014},
  volume={8 2},
  pages={
          703-725
        }
}
The PROmotion of Breastfeeding Intervention Trial (PROBIT) cluster-randomized a program encouraging breastfeeding to new mothers in hospital centers. The original studies indicated that this intervention successfully increased duration of breastfeeding and lowered rates of gastrointestinal tract infections in newborns. Additional scientific and popular interest lies in determining the causal effect of longer breastfeeding on gastrointestinal infection. In this study, we estimate the expected… 

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