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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.
Mother's diet during pregnancy could affect brain reward circuitry of children

Mother's diet during pregnancy could affect brain reward circuitry of children

Experts discuss link between breast milk components, circadian variation, and infant health

Experts discuss link between breast milk components, circadian variation, and infant health

New online calculator estimates impact of changes in breastfeeding rates on population health

New online calculator estimates impact of changes in breastfeeding rates on population health

FDA grants accelerated approval to new drug for treating relapsed follicular lymphoma

FDA grants accelerated approval to new drug for treating relapsed follicular lymphoma

Care for children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder to be expanded following new QLD funding

Care for children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder to be expanded following new QLD funding

FDA approves drug to treat patients with newly diagnosed CD33-positive AML

FDA approves drug to treat patients with newly diagnosed CD33-positive AML

Breastfeeding may protect children from asthma exacerbations later in life

Breastfeeding may protect children from asthma exacerbations later in life

Breastfeeding linked to lower risk of endometriosis

Breastfeeding linked to lower risk of endometriosis

Early placement of hormonal IUD does not negatively affect breastfeeding or lactation

Early placement of hormonal IUD does not negatively affect breastfeeding or lactation

Home visits help new parents overcome tough histories, raise healthy children

Home visits help new parents overcome tough histories, raise healthy children

FDA approves Besponsa – Pfizer’s new drug for rare form of acute lymphoblastic leukemia

FDA approves Besponsa – Pfizer’s new drug for rare form of acute lymphoblastic leukemia

Study explores effects of occupational, lifestyle risk factors on nurses' health

Study explores effects of occupational, lifestyle risk factors on nurses' health

FDA approval provides new, targeted treatment option for adults with relapsed or refractory B-cell ALL

FDA approval provides new, targeted treatment option for adults with relapsed or refractory B-cell ALL

FDA approves fixed dose combination chemotherapy for subtypes of AML that have poor survival outcomes

FDA approves fixed dose combination chemotherapy for subtypes of AML that have poor survival outcomes

FDA gives its nod to new drug Imbruvica (Ibrutinib) for chronic Graft versus Host Disease

FDA gives its nod to new drug Imbruvica (Ibrutinib) for chronic Graft versus Host Disease

Breastfeeding is currently failing to meet recommended standards across the globe, UNICEF and WHO report reveals

Breastfeeding is currently failing to meet recommended standards across the globe, UNICEF and WHO report reveals

New drug Idhifa for patients with refractory acute myeloid leukemia (AML) gets FDA nod

New drug Idhifa for patients with refractory acute myeloid leukemia (AML) gets FDA nod

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