Letter : Breast-feeding is safer than bottle

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Sir: Whilst applauding the idea of your newspaper's forthcoming "Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy", I was somewhat taken aback by the photograph featured in your advert showing a baby being bottle-fed (31 August). I can only assume that your guide will include a detailed discussion of and warnings about the dangers of bottle-feeding.

It is scientifically established that breast-feeding reduces the incidence of infectious diseases, allergies and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Advice from government health departments (and indeed the Health Education Authority, which I note supports your guide), is that breast milk should be the sole source of nutrition for the first four months of life.


Director of Education and Practice Development,

Royal College of Midwives,

London W1