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Many women choose to breastfeed their babies due to the significant health benefits provided over infant formula for both baby and mother.

Breast milk contains all the nutrients a baby requires for the first six months of life. Following this period, solid foods can gradually be introduced. The World Health Organization recommends feeding babies exclusively on breast milk for the first six months of life and then continuing breastfeeding once the infant has started to eat solid food, until up to two years of age.

Antibodies present in the breast milk boost the baby’s immune system and decrease the likelihood of diarrhoea, vomiting, or chest and ear infections developing. Breast feeding is also thought to decrease the risk of obesity later in life and therefore reduces the likelihood of conditions such as type 2 diabetes developing. Breast milk is also easier to digest than commercial formula.

For the mother, breastfeeding lowers the risk for breast and ovarian cancer as well as expending up to 500 calories a day, saving money, and helping to build a strong bond with the baby.

Any amount of breastfeeding has positive effects and the longer a child is breastfed for, the longer the health benefits will last for both baby and mother.
Breastfeeding may protect mother against metabolic syndrome, study suggests

Breastfeeding may protect mother against metabolic syndrome, study suggests

Only subset of mother's HIV virus infects infants during pregnancy or breastfeeding, research shows

Only subset of mother's HIV virus infects infants during pregnancy or breastfeeding, research shows

Parents can take eight steps to boost child's immunity, says family medicine specialist

Parents can take eight steps to boost child's immunity, says family medicine specialist

New review examines use of probiotics or prebiotics for prevention of atopic dermatitis

New review examines use of probiotics or prebiotics for prevention of atopic dermatitis

Shorter chromosome 'caps' linked to higher burden of disease later in life

Shorter chromosome 'caps' linked to higher burden of disease later in life

Changes to maternal diet impact milk microbiome and oligosaccharide composition, study finds

Changes to maternal diet impact milk microbiome and oligosaccharide composition, study finds

Vitamin D supplements encouraged to eliminate deficiencies in new borns

Vitamin D supplements encouraged to eliminate deficiencies in new borns

Researchers develop new method to detect cannabinoids in breast milk

Researchers develop new method to detect cannabinoids in breast milk

Childhood obesity starts in the womb?

Childhood obesity starts in the womb?

Natural antioxidant can protect offspring of obese mice from NAFLD, study shows

Natural antioxidant can protect offspring of obese mice from NAFLD, study shows

Pediatric dentist performs laser lip- and tongue-tie releases for infants

Pediatric dentist performs laser lip- and tongue-tie releases for infants

New parent home visiting program could reduce need for medical services during first year of child's life

New parent home visiting program could reduce need for medical services during first year of child's life

New moms increasingly using expressed breast milk, UBC study reveals

New moms increasingly using expressed breast milk, UBC study reveals

Liverpool-led research consortium aims to reduce mother-to-child transmission of HIV

Liverpool-led research consortium aims to reduce mother-to-child transmission of HIV

Finding reliable health information online: an interview with Dr Andrew Boyden

Finding reliable health information online: an interview with Dr Andrew Boyden

Increased prevalence of food allergy linked to early skin infection and eczema

Increased prevalence of food allergy linked to early skin infection and eczema

New research examines emotional and practical experiences of new mothers in infant feeding

New research examines emotional and practical experiences of new mothers in infant feeding

New report highlights need for innovations to combat pneumonia and diarrhea among children

New report highlights need for innovations to combat pneumonia and diarrhea among children

New guidelines offer way for parents to introduce peanut-containing foods to reduce allergy risk

New guidelines offer way for parents to introduce peanut-containing foods to reduce allergy risk

Women with higher vitamin D levels have better long-term outcomes after breast cancer diagnosis

Women with higher vitamin D levels have better long-term outcomes after breast cancer diagnosis