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Oct 4, 2020

Breastfeeding: its history, the quality of the evidence for it, and the alleged benefits to the baby and to the mother // Placebos in vaccine trials // Are we overreacting to COVID?


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1) Breast feeding rates according to the CDC:


2) Historical trends in breastfeeding:


3) Breastfeeding for pain control:, and


4) Cochrane review on skin-to-skin care:


5) Sucrose and warmth for analgesia:


6) Formula vs. donor breast milk for preventing NEC:


7) WHO review on short- and long-term benefits of breastfeeding:


8) Systematic review on breastfeeding practices and infant mortality:


9) Belarus study on obesity:


10) Cochrane review on optimal duration of exclusive breastfeeding:


11) Jonathan’s article about placebos used in vaccine trials:


12) Jonathan’s article about Sweden and the pandemic:



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