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Breast feeding and unexpected neonatal and infant death
  1. Roger W Byard
  1. Correspondence to Professor Roger W Byard, Discipline of Anatomy & Pathology, Level 3 Medical School North Building, The University of Adelaide, Frome Road, Adelaide 5005, Australia; roger.byard{at}

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The paper by Becher et al that analysed cases of unexpected collapse in previously healthy newborns reported to the British Paediatric Surveillance Unit over a 13 month period provides valuable information on the range of potentially lethal conditions in this age group that may remain unsuspected until collapse.1 Of concern was the high percentage (24/45; 53%) of cases identified where the episodes were attributed to airway obstruction associated with breast feeding, …

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