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Breastfeeding method and infant weight gain: look at the evidence
  1. C A Walshaw,
  2. J Owens,
  3. M Walshaw
  1. GP Bradford and Airedale Teaching Primary Care Trust, Oakworth Surgery, 3 Lidget Mill, Oakworth, Keighley, BD22 7HN, UK
    ; anne.walshaw@bradford.nhs.uk

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We are delighted that our paper “Does breastfeeding method influence infant weight gain” has stimulated Woolridge and Ingram to look again at current breastfeeding practice,1 and we now take the opportunity to reply to their letter.2

They describe the “baby-led” breastfeeding method as “entrenched evidence-based practice”: “entrenched” it may be, but we find the use of the term “evidence-based” surprising since this was not the conclusion reached in Enabling women to breastfeed co-authored by Woolridge himself.3 This was a structured literature review commissioned by the Department of Health to identify research studies that assessed interventions which enabled or interfered with the continuation of breastfeeding. It concluded that there wasn’t sufficient evidence …

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