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Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics (JCCP)
The JCCP is a peer-reviewed journal published bi-annually by the ICA Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics.

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ICA Pediatrics Council Applauds WHO’s Global Strategy on Infant and Child Feeding which Includes Exclusive Breastfeeding for First Six Months

The ICA Pediatrics Council was pleased to see that one of the steps of the World Health Organization’s Global Strategy on Infant and Child Feeding includes a call to action to initiate and sustain exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a child’s life. The ICA Pediatrics Council has for many years emphasized the importance of breastfeeding especially during infancy.

The early development of the child is predicated on meeting the needs of the child physically and emotionally. While breastfeeding has been know to nourish the child in far superior ways than supplemental formulas, the ICA Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding, especially during the first six months not only because of its nutritional value but also because it promotes development of the neurological and immune systems.

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Dr. Joan Fallon
  

According to Dr. Joan Fallon of the ICA Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics, the child receives maternal antibodies during gestation which remain active during the first six months of the child’s life. “Breastfeeding,” said Dr. Fallon, “gives additional antibody support to the child which helps the immune system. From a developmental view, sucking the breasts and alternately feeding from both breasts allows for the rooting and other primitive reflexes to be active and helps in the overall development of the child. Breastfeeding also enhances bonding between mother and child, and further, statistics show that the incidence of breast cancer in women who have breastfed is lower than those who have not.”

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Dr. Sharon Vallone

Council Vice Chair Dr. Sharon Vallone, a speaker at the 2006 Annual Conference of the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) held recently in Philadelphia, Penn., says that the WHO statement that “Infants should be exclusively breastfed – i.e. receive only breast milk – for the first six months of life to achieve optimal growth, development and health” concurs with the Pediatric Council’s position on breastfeeding.

“In our educational programs,” said Dr. Vallone, “we teach doctors of chiropractic who care for children to provide education, support and advocacy for women from the period of conception through postpartum as well as refer to and collaborate with specialists in the field of lactation so that women can breastfeed successfully.”

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