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Torres writes “Bottle feeding in the first six months of age is extremely harmful for babies. There is a high risk of infection because of the use of contaminated water or bottles that results in diarrhoea, malnutrition and increased mortality”.1 I have been trying for years, unsuccessfully, to find evidence in support of this proposed causal mechanism.2 What is the epidemiological basis for the second sentence? If JECH editors think there is a sufficiently reliable database, perhaps they could commission a literature review? The careless dissemination of plausible untruths does nothing to reduce infant mortality, but actively closes down the area to scientific inquiry and new thinking.
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