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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.
Skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding instigate bonding between mothers and newborns

Skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding instigate bonding between mothers and newborns

BMC receives W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant to improve breastfeeding, maternity care in Mississippi

BMC receives W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant to improve breastfeeding, maternity care in Mississippi

Infection with reovirus could be key initiating event for developing celiac disease, study suggests

Infection with reovirus could be key initiating event for developing celiac disease, study suggests

Pet exposure may lower risks of allergy and obesity in children

Pet exposure may lower risks of allergy and obesity in children

Nurses volunteer to promote culture of health in their communities, study finds

Nurses volunteer to promote culture of health in their communities, study finds

FDA approves new maintenance therapy for recurrent cancers

FDA approves new maintenance therapy for recurrent cancers

Workplace barriers contribute to low rates of breastfeeding among mothers of new infants

Workplace barriers contribute to low rates of breastfeeding among mothers of new infants

FDA grants accelerated approval to new drug for treatment of rare form of skin cancer

FDA grants accelerated approval to new drug for treatment of rare form of skin cancer

Rapid weight gain during infancy could lead to obesity in adulthood

Rapid weight gain during infancy could lead to obesity in adulthood

‘Supportive touch’ experiences can help preterm infants in NICU respond better, research suggests

‘Supportive touch’ experiences can help preterm infants in NICU respond better, research suggests

ECDC guidance aims to improve antenatal screening for infections to avoid mother-to-child transmission

ECDC guidance aims to improve antenatal screening for infections to avoid mother-to-child transmission

Researcher aims to help all infants achieve healthy weight

Researcher aims to help all infants achieve healthy weight

Vitamin B12 supplementation could offer protection against impacts of air pollution

Vitamin B12 supplementation could offer protection against impacts of air pollution

Proper support can help mothers overcome challenges in breastfeeding process

Proper support can help mothers overcome challenges in breastfeeding process

High levels of folate during pregnancy may decrease hypertension risk in children

High levels of folate during pregnancy may decrease hypertension risk in children

Study shows that peripartum cardiomyopathy is not disease of the poor and occurs globally

Study shows that peripartum cardiomyopathy is not disease of the poor and occurs globally

Study of U.S. Navy healthcare personnel finds higher PTSD risk among women than men

Study of U.S. Navy healthcare personnel finds higher PTSD risk among women than men

Study shows how ‘secondhand sugar’ can pass from mother to infant through breast milk

Study shows how ‘secondhand sugar’ can pass from mother to infant through breast milk

First Philips Avent Global Scientific Symposium enables experts to discuss impact, opportunities for global breastfeeding practices

First Philips Avent Global Scientific Symposium enables experts to discuss impact, opportunities for global breastfeeding practices

Neonatal sepsis risk calculator reduces antibiotic use by nearly 50% in newborns

Neonatal sepsis risk calculator reduces antibiotic use by nearly 50% in newborns