Exclusive breastfeeding and clinical malaria risk in 6-month-old infants: A cross-sectional study from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Nicholas F. Brazeau, Martine Tabala, Landry Kiketa, Dyna Kayembe, Jean Lambert Chalachala, Bienvenu Kawende, Bruno Lapika, Steven R. Meshnick, Marcel Yotebieng

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The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) for the first 6 months of life. However, the effect of EBF on malaria risk remains unclear. In the present study, 137 EBF infants and 358 non-EBF infants from the Democratic Republic of the Congo were assessed for fever and malaria infections by polymerase chain reaction, at 6 months of age. EBF was associated with a reduced risk of clinical malaria (odds ratio = 0.13; 95% confidence interval = 0.00-0.80), suggesting a protective effect of EBF against malaria.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)827-830
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2016
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Virology

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