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Breast-feeding has been shown to protect babies in developing countries against stomach and intestinal illness, and now there's strong evidence it protects babies in industrialized nations, too.

A study of more than 600 pairs of mothers and infants in Scotland finds that babies who were breast-feeding had one-third the rate of vomiting and diarrhea during the first 13 weeks of life as did bottle-fed infants.

This protection came only after babies had been breast-fed for at least 13 weeks and persisted even beyond the period of breast-feeding, according to the British Medical Journal.

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