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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.
ABM publishes new guidelines on informal breast milk sharing for healthy term infants

ABM publishes new guidelines on informal breast milk sharing for healthy term infants

Strategies to prevent and treat acute chest syndrome in children with sickle cell disease

Strategies to prevent and treat acute chest syndrome in children with sickle cell disease

Study shows that modified baby formula does not prevent type 1 diabetes in kids

Study shows that modified baby formula does not prevent type 1 diabetes in kids

T cell-inducing dengue vaccines could confer broader protection for kids born to vaccinated mothers

T cell-inducing dengue vaccines could confer broader protection for kids born to vaccinated mothers

Researchers find high levels of stress hormone cortisol in pregnant women with PTSD

Researchers find high levels of stress hormone cortisol in pregnant women with PTSD

WHO certifies elimination of mother-to-child HIV and syphilis transmission in six Caribbean territories

WHO certifies elimination of mother-to-child HIV and syphilis transmission in six Caribbean territories

Scientists reveal first exposure map of perfluoroalkyl substances among Spanish population

Scientists reveal first exposure map of perfluoroalkyl substances among Spanish population

High-fat diet during lactation alters RNA activity in breast milk, research suggests

High-fat diet during lactation alters RNA activity in breast milk, research suggests

Mother's diet can protect nursing newborns against food allergies, research shows

Mother's diet can protect nursing newborns against food allergies, research shows

Study reveals a reduced risk of teenage eczema in breastfed babies

Study reveals a reduced risk of teenage eczema in breastfed babies

Breastfeeding may increase hay fever and eczema risk, but does not have clear effect on asthma

Breastfeeding may increase hay fever and eczema risk, but does not have clear effect on asthma

Epidural pain relief with fentanyl during childbirth does not affect early breastfeeding success

Epidural pain relief with fentanyl during childbirth does not affect early breastfeeding success

FDA grants accelerated approval to new treatment for mantle cell lymphoma

FDA grants accelerated approval to new treatment for mantle cell lymphoma

The Obesity Society position statement focuses on breastfeeding and obesity

The Obesity Society position statement focuses on breastfeeding and obesity

Researchers caution against using antibodies to prevent HIV transmission from mother to child

Researchers caution against using antibodies to prevent HIV transmission from mother to child

Breastfeeding for two months cuts baby's risk of SIDS almost in half, study finds

Breastfeeding for two months cuts baby's risk of SIDS almost in half, study finds

Sunovion announces results from Phase 3 clinical study of new drug in children, adolescents with bipolar depression

Sunovion announces results from Phase 3 clinical study of new drug in children, adolescents with bipolar depression

Nutritionist highlights importance of vitamin D for pregnant women and new mums

Nutritionist highlights importance of vitamin D for pregnant women and new mums

ObesityWeek: Effective approaches to prevent and treat pediatric obesity

ObesityWeek: Effective approaches to prevent and treat pediatric obesity

Poverty factors, employment have negative implications for exclusive breast feeding in Haiti

Poverty factors, employment have negative implications for exclusive breast feeding in Haiti