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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: India has large disparities in under-five mortality rate between richer and poorer states

Study: India has large disparities in under-five mortality rate between richer and poorer states

Early term infants less likely to breastfeed than full-term infants, study shows

Early term infants less likely to breastfeed than full-term infants, study shows

More than a quarter of new moms overlook postpartum care after giving birth, finds survey

More than a quarter of new moms overlook postpartum care after giving birth, finds survey

Many low-income infants receive formula in the first few days of life, finds study

Many low-income infants receive formula in the first few days of life, finds study

Study looks into history and resurgence of milk sharing practices

Study looks into history and resurgence of milk sharing practices

Parenting book negates commonly held beliefs

Parenting book negates commonly held beliefs

Improved WIC food packages reduced obesity risk for children, study finds

Improved WIC food packages reduced obesity risk for children, study finds

FDA approves new treatment for adults with metastatic bladder cancer

FDA approves new treatment for adults with metastatic bladder cancer

Molecule metabolite variations in breast milk may hold risk factors for childhood obesity

Molecule metabolite variations in breast milk may hold risk factors for childhood obesity

New study provides overview of potential risks of vaccinating breastfeeding women

New study provides overview of potential risks of vaccinating breastfeeding women

Researchers identify gut protein essential for neonatal mice to fight infections

Researchers identify gut protein essential for neonatal mice to fight infections

Culturally tailored care can ensure personal breastfeeding goals of orthodox mothers

Culturally tailored care can ensure personal breastfeeding goals of orthodox mothers

On the border, volunteer doctors struggle to provide stopgap care to immigrants

On the border, volunteer doctors struggle to provide stopgap care to immigrants

Study compares use of breast milk to formula in children who underwent bone marrow transplant

Study compares use of breast milk to formula in children who underwent bone marrow transplant

FDA extends indication of metastatic breast cancer treatment to include male patients

FDA extends indication of metastatic breast cancer treatment to include male patients

FLRF and UWA release new clinical tool to help medical practitioners resolve lactation challenges

FLRF and UWA release new clinical tool to help medical practitioners resolve lactation challenges

Research suggests oxytocin as potential new obesity treatment

Research suggests oxytocin as potential new obesity treatment

Recent research shows that ease of breastfeeding after C-section differs culturally

Recent research shows that ease of breastfeeding after C-section differs culturally

Breastfeeding may offer long-term heart health benefits for women

Breastfeeding may offer long-term heart health benefits for women

CDC study shows modest improvement in optimal hospital breastfeeding policy

CDC study shows modest improvement in optimal hospital breastfeeding policy