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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.
Study explores reasons for higher risk of depression in some women

Study explores reasons for higher risk of depression in some women

FDA approves first extended adjuvant therapy to lower risk of breast cancer recurrence

FDA approves first extended adjuvant therapy to lower risk of breast cancer recurrence

Mothers who breastfeed for at least 15 months may be less likely to develop MS

Mothers who breastfeed for at least 15 months may be less likely to develop MS

Study finds lack of peer support for breastfeeding mothers in many areas of the UK

Study finds lack of peer support for breastfeeding mothers in many areas of the UK

Researchers explore maternal distraction during breast and bottle-feeding

Researchers explore maternal distraction during breast and bottle-feeding

Research underscores how environments during infancy can cause inflammation in adulthood

Research underscores how environments during infancy can cause inflammation in adulthood

Prolonged breastfeeding linked to dental cavities in children

Prolonged breastfeeding linked to dental cavities in children

Benefits of full breastfeeding in newborns could last through to early adulthood, research shows

Benefits of full breastfeeding in newborns could last through to early adulthood, research shows

Community-wide intervention reduces obesity risk factors in preschoolers from low-income families

Community-wide intervention reduces obesity risk factors in preschoolers from low-income families

Study finds breastfeeding could lower a mothers risk of a heart attack or stroke later in life

Study finds breastfeeding could lower a mothers risk of a heart attack or stroke later in life

FDA labeling rule helps providers better explain medication risks and benefits to pregnant, breastfeeding patients

FDA labeling rule helps providers better explain medication risks and benefits to pregnant, breastfeeding patients

Study finds link between breastfeeding duration, maternal obesity and NAFLD in adolescents

Study finds link between breastfeeding duration, maternal obesity and NAFLD in adolescents

West Nile virus positive mosquitoes detected in Las Vegas

West Nile virus positive mosquitoes detected in Las Vegas

New review examines factors that may cause women to stop breastfeeding early

New review examines factors that may cause women to stop breastfeeding early

Maternal consumption of artificially sweetened beverages during pregnancy linked to obesity in children

Maternal consumption of artificially sweetened beverages during pregnancy linked to obesity in children

Room sharing between babies and mothers linked to less sleep, unsafe sleeping practices

Room sharing between babies and mothers linked to less sleep, unsafe sleeping practices

Breastfeeding may protect against chronic post- cesarean pain

Breastfeeding may protect against chronic post- cesarean pain

Study provides reassurance to breast cancer survivors who contemplate pregnancy

Study provides reassurance to breast cancer survivors who contemplate pregnancy

Study makes recommendations on how to reduce Africa's child mortality rates

Study makes recommendations on how to reduce Africa's child mortality rates

Study: Child's gut bacteria appears to be influenced by ethnicity and breastfeeding

Study: Child's gut bacteria appears to be influenced by ethnicity and breastfeeding