Commentary: Assessing the impact of breastfeeding on child health: where conventional methods alone fall short for reliably establishing causal inference

Brion, Marie-Jo
February 2010
International Journal of Epidemiology;Feb2010, Vol. 39 Issue 1, p306
Academic Journal
journal article
The author questions the use of conventional methods in studying the causal effects of breastfeeding on obesity which Western studies attribute to socio-economic position (SEP) as a confounding factor. The author cites a study by M. K. Kwok and colleagues which showed that in Hong Kong, China, women who breastfeed their children are those who come from less educated backgrounds and that there was no relationship between breastfeeding and child obesity.


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