Breastfeeding: a round up of Cochrane evidence

On this page, you can find lots of resources which summarise Cochrane evidence on breastfeeding and aim to make it easy to access. The content is based on this Cochrane Special Collection of systematic reviews on breastfeeding, as well as later Cochrane Reviews. You can either scroll through this page, or click on the topics below to jump straight to a particular section. Click on a graphic to enlarge it. This page is part of a series of blogs called ‘Maternity Matters’, you can read the rest here.

Support for breastfeeding women

Health promotion and an enabling environment

Care for breastfeeding women and their babies

Treating breastfeeding problems

Breastfeeding babies with additional needs, including preterm babies

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Support for breastfeeding women

Read the full Cochrane Review: ‘Support for healthy breastfeeding mothers with healthy term babies’

 Read the Cochrane Clinical Answer: “What are the effects of breastfeeding support in healthy mothers with healthy term babies?”

  Click here to listen to the podcast with the Cochrane authors.

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Read the full Cochrane Review: Breastfeeding education and support for women with twins or higher order multiples

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Health promotion and an enabling environment

Health promotion and enabling environment

Read the full Cochrane Review: Antenatal breastfeeding education for increasing breastfeeding duration

Read the Cochrane Clinical Answer: “For pregnant women, how effective is antenatal breastfeeding education in increasing initiation and duration of breastfeeding?”

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Read the full Cochrane Review: Interventions for promoting the initiation of breastfeeding

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Read the full Cochrane Review: Interventions in the workplace to support breastfeeding for women in employment 

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Care for breastfeeding women and their babies

Care for breastfeeding women and their babies

Read the full Cochrane Review: Early skin‐to‐skin contact for mothers and their healthy newborn infants

  Click here to listen to the podcast with the lead author of the review.

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Read the full Cochrane Review: Cup feeding versus other forms of supplemental enteral feeding for newborn infants unable to fully breastfeed

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Read the full Cochrane Review: Effect of restricted pacifier use in breastfeeding term infants for increasing duration of breastfeeding

Read the Cochrane Clinical Answer: “Does not using a pacifier help to increase the duration of breastfeeding for term infants?”

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Read the full Cochrane Review: Rooming‐in for new mother and infant versus separate care for increasing the duration of breastfeeding

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Read the full Cochrane Review: Early additional food and fluids for healthy breastfed full‐term infants

Read the Evidently Cochrane blog: ‘Exclusive breastfeeding or extra food and fluids: evidence and practice’

Other relevant Cochrane Reviews:

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Treatment of breastfeeding problems

Read the full Cochrane Review: Interventions for treating painful nipples among breastfeeding women

Read the Evidently Cochrane blog: Simple help for painful nipples in breastfeeding women

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Read the full Cochrane Review: Treatments for breast abscesses in breastfeeding women

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Read the full Cochrane Review: Treatments for breast engorgement during lactation

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Read the full Cochrane Review: Antibiotics for mastitis in breastfeeding women

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Feeding practices for preterm babies, or babies with additional needs

Read the full Cochrane Review: Kangaroo mother care to reduce morbidity and mortality in low birthweight infants

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Read the full Cochrane Review: Avoidance of bottles during the establishment of breast feeds in preterm infants

Read the Cochrane Clinical Answer: “For preterm infants, does avoidance of bottles during establishment of breast-feeding help to increase the extent and duration of breast-feeding?”

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Read the full Cochrane Review: Oral stimulation for promoting oral feeding in preterm infants

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Read the full Cochrane Review: Responsive versus scheduled feeding for preterm infants

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Read the full Cochrane Review: Banked preterm versus banked term human milk to promote growth and development in very low birth weight infants

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Read the full Cochrane Review: Dilute versus full‐strength formula in exclusively formula‐fed preterm or low birth weight infants

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Read the full Cochrane Review: Formula versus donor breast milk for feeding preterm or low birth weight infants

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Read the full Cochrane Review: Nutrient‐enriched formula versus standard formula for preterm infants

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Read the full Cochrane Review: Protein hydrolysate versus standard formula for preterm infants

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Read the full Cochrane Review: Instruments for assessing readiness to commence suck feeds in preterm infants: effects on time to establish full oral feeding and duration of hospitalisation

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See also:

An influential series on breastfeeding in the Lancet and an Evidently Cochrane blog reflecting on it.


Selena Ryan-Vig

About Selena Ryan-Vig

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Selena Ryan-Vig is the Communications and Engagement Officer at Cochrane UK. Her role primarily entails disseminating Cochrane evidence in accessible ways, managing Cochrane UK's website and social media accounts, and producing newsletters and infographics. With a colleague, Selena delivers interactive sessions to students from Years 10 to 13 to teach about evidence-based practice and to encourage critical thinking, particularly around healthcare claims made in the media. She also co-delivers talks for students to raise awareness of Cochrane and reliable, evidence-based resources. She has a psychology degree from the University of Bath. During her degree, she spent a placement year working in a national charity which provides support for young women affected by self-injury and training for professionals working with individuals who self-injure.

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