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Complainant Name:
Dispelling Breastfeeding Myths

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Guardian


Dispelling Breastfeeding Myths complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published inaccurate and misleading information about the benefits of breastfeeding.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following correction:

The answer to a reader's question about whether her month-old baby would still get all the immune system benefits if she switched to a combination of breast milk and formula said: "The immune benefits cross over in the first few weeks." Although the concentration of antibodies is much higher in the colostrum milk that is passed from mother to newborn in the early days, ongoing breastfeeding continues to help protect babies against infections (Doctor, doctor, 23 April, page 113, Weekend).

The article was also amended on the newspaper's website and an appropriate correction was appended to make clear the reason for the change.

Date Published: 26/07/2011

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