Feeding Practices and Anaemia Rates of South Australian Aboriginal Infants and Young Children living in South Australia

Feeding Practices and Anaemia Rates of South Australian Aboriginal Infants and Young Children living in South Australia
Project Status: Commencing
Project administered by: SAHMRI

Exclusive breastfeeding and use of breastmilk is a key strategy to reducing childhood obesity.

The World Health Organisation found that breastfeeding can cut the chances of a child becoming obese by up to 25%. Unfortunately, many babies born preterm are given infant formula in the early weeks of life, while awaiting their mother’s own breastmilk supply to be established.

There is an urgent need to determine whether using human donor milk, instead of infant formula, in these critical early weeks improves the health outcomes of these vulnerable children and supports their mothers to continue breastfeeding for longer.

This project is funded by the Channel 7 Children's Research Foundation