University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

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Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology

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Clinical Epidemiology | Epidemiology | Infectious Disease | International Public Health | Maternal and Child Health | Pediatrics


Human breast milk is known to contain immunoprotective, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory agents. In a prospective clinical study of dengue virus infections during infancy, we examined the correlation between breastfeeding and the development of febrile illnesses in an infant population. We found that breastfeeding status and the frequency of breastfeeding during early infancy was associated with a lower incidence of febrile illnesses.


Breastfeeding, bottle-feeding, fever, infant

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Copyright Libraty et al.; Licensee Bentham Open. This is an open access article licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( 3.0/) which permits unrestricted, non-commercial use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the work is properly cited.

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Libraty DH, Capeding RZ, Obcena A, Brion JD, Tallo V. Breastfeeding During Early Infancy is Associated with a Lower Incidence of Febrile Illnesses. Open Pediatr Med Journal. 2013 Jun 24;7:40-41. Link to article on publisher's site

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The open pediatric medicine journal

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