[Correspondence] Infant formula in Iraq: part of the problem and not a simple solution

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Mohamad Haidar and colleagues (December, 2017)1 describe challenges in the management of nutritionally vulnerable infants in Iraq. They highlight the consumption of infant formula and inappropriate alternatives by malnourished infants and note that mothers report breastfeeding difficulties. They suggest that infant formula be distributed more widely as part of the emergency response. We are concerned that it was not emphasised that infant formula distributions must be carefully targeted, that the requirements for supporting infant formula feeding go well beyond just the supply, and that the usefulness of providing support for breastfeeding was not discussed.

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[Correspondence] Infant formula in Iraq: part of the problem and not a simple solution