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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.
Only 3 African countries are likely to meet global target for exclusive breastfeeding

Only 3 African countries are likely to meet global target for exclusive breastfeeding

Study defines how diarrhea-causing rotavirus initially interacts with the host

Study defines how diarrhea-causing rotavirus initially interacts with the host

Review: Harmful and beneficial effects of pacifier use in newborns, infants

Review: Harmful and beneficial effects of pacifier use in newborns, infants

Ten-fold rise in tongue-tie surgery for newborns 'without any real strong data'

Ten-fold rise in tongue-tie surgery for newborns 'without any real strong data'

Research questions whether tongue-tie surgery to improve breastfeeding is needed

Research questions whether tongue-tie surgery to improve breastfeeding is needed

Adequate consumption of milk and dairy products can help prevent chronic diseases

Adequate consumption of milk and dairy products can help prevent chronic diseases

FDA grants accelerated approval to new treatment for refractory multiple myeloma

FDA grants accelerated approval to new treatment for refractory multiple myeloma

Goat's milk-based formula good for infant's gut health

Goat's milk-based formula good for infant's gut health

Research project to investigate causes of persistent anemia among Peruvian children

Research project to investigate causes of persistent anemia among Peruvian children

Women's work in agriculture seems to have negative impact on household nutrition

Women's work in agriculture seems to have negative impact on household nutrition

Food allergy caused by absence of beneficial bacteria in the gut

Food allergy caused by absence of beneficial bacteria in the gut

'Substantial' decline in obesity rates among pre-schoolers in the US

'Substantial' decline in obesity rates among pre-schoolers in the US

New initiative to increase mothers' ability to provide milk for very low birth weight infants

New initiative to increase mothers' ability to provide milk for very low birth weight infants

Gut microbiota linked with temperament traits in young children

Gut microbiota linked with temperament traits in young children

Study shows persistence of gender bias by patients in the health care environment

Study shows persistence of gender bias by patients in the health care environment

Breastmilk antibody necessary to prevent necrotizing enterocolitis in preterm infants

Breastmilk antibody necessary to prevent necrotizing enterocolitis in preterm infants

Women's pre-pregnancy obesity changes breast milk contents which can affect infant growth

Women's pre-pregnancy obesity changes breast milk contents which can affect infant growth

Pre-pregnancy maternal obesity may affect growth of breastfeeding infants

Pre-pregnancy maternal obesity may affect growth of breastfeeding infants

Findings indicate indirect link between consumption of cattle related foods and cancer

Findings indicate indirect link between consumption of cattle related foods and cancer

First chemoimmunotherapy regimen approved by FDA for patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma

First chemoimmunotherapy regimen approved by FDA for patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma