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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.
Unique composition of mother's breastmilk may help reduce food sensitization in infants

Unique composition of mother's breastmilk may help reduce food sensitization in infants

‘Where the need is’: Tackling teen pregnancy with a midwife at school

‘Where the need is’: Tackling teen pregnancy with a midwife at school

Study: Treg cells may protect infants from getting infected with HIV from their mother

Study: Treg cells may protect infants from getting infected with HIV from their mother

FDA approves combination of Venclexta and Rituxan for lymphocytic leukemia treatment

FDA approves combination of Venclexta and Rituxan for lymphocytic leukemia treatment

Nature and effects of breastfeeding on health of mothers and babies

Nature and effects of breastfeeding on health of mothers and babies

Study: Maternal fatty acid balance critical for reducing obesity in children

Study: Maternal fatty acid balance critical for reducing obesity in children

Opdivo plus low-dose Yervoy shows promising results in treating renal cell carcinoma patients

Opdivo plus low-dose Yervoy shows promising results in treating renal cell carcinoma patients

Study provides guidance to determine the right treatment for Red Diaper Syndrome

Study provides guidance to determine the right treatment for Red Diaper Syndrome

CDC interventions targeting gestational diabetes may help mitigate risks for mother and baby

CDC interventions targeting gestational diabetes may help mitigate risks for mother and baby

Fewer women meet eligibility criteria for clinical trial of heart failure drugs, study finds

Fewer women meet eligibility criteria for clinical trial of heart failure drugs, study finds

California hospitals urge moms to favor breast milk over formula

California hospitals urge moms to favor breast milk over formula

$2.3 million NIH grant to support new project on oxytocin neurons and social behavior

$2.3 million NIH grant to support new project on oxytocin neurons and social behavior

Celgene to share new and updated data around novel hematological therapies

Celgene to share new and updated data around novel hematological therapies

Pfizer announces Phase 3 study results of LYRICA Oral Solution CV for pediatric epilepsy patients

Pfizer announces Phase 3 study results of LYRICA Oral Solution CV for pediatric epilepsy patients

Pitt professor develops breast pump accessory to help moms breastfeed

Pitt professor develops breast pump accessory to help moms breastfeed

Choices of protein intake have significant impact on infant growth, finds study

Choices of protein intake have significant impact on infant growth, finds study

Mother's milk found to have SWAT team of immune cells

Mother's milk found to have SWAT team of immune cells

Meat-based complementary foods may be beneficial for formula-fed infants, shows study

Meat-based complementary foods may be beneficial for formula-fed infants, shows study

Researchers evaluate predictive value of stress testing and cardiac biomarkers in older women

Researchers evaluate predictive value of stress testing and cardiac biomarkers in older women

Jacobs Medical Center recognized with Baby Friendly Designation for efforts in mother-baby bonding

Jacobs Medical Center recognized with Baby Friendly Designation for efforts in mother-baby bonding