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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.
Improved maternity care practices in the southern U.S. reduce racial inequities in breastfeeding

Improved maternity care practices in the southern U.S. reduce racial inequities in breastfeeding

Integrated care to women with PMADs offered at several levels

Integrated care to women with PMADs offered at several levels

Breastfed babies are more likely to be right handed

Breastfed babies are more likely to be right handed

Prevalence of left-handedness is lower among breastfed infants, finds study

Prevalence of left-handedness is lower among breastfed infants, finds study

FDA approves new treatment for rare disease of the bone marrow and blood

FDA approves new treatment for rare disease of the bone marrow and blood

Breast cancer protection from pregnancy begins many decades later, study finds

Breast cancer protection from pregnancy begins many decades later, study finds

Study provides insight into health risks facing new mothers

Study provides insight into health risks facing new mothers

Infant milk allergy is being overdiagnosed say experts

Infant milk allergy is being overdiagnosed say experts

CEASE intervention enhances delivery of smoking cessation assistance for breastfeeding mothers

CEASE intervention enhances delivery of smoking cessation assistance for breastfeeding mothers

Low-income women in Texas are not receiving contraception after childbirth, study shows

Low-income women in Texas are not receiving contraception after childbirth, study shows

Study finds women in hospital medicine to face major obstacles during pregnancy and work

Study finds women in hospital medicine to face major obstacles during pregnancy and work

Pregnancy losses may increase risk of cardiovascular disease

Pregnancy losses may increase risk of cardiovascular disease

First biosimilar approved by FDA for treatment of adult patients with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

First biosimilar approved by FDA for treatment of adult patients with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

FDA grants accelerated approval to oncology drug for treatment of key genetic driver of cancer

FDA grants accelerated approval to oncology drug for treatment of key genetic driver of cancer

FDA approves new treatment for AML patients

FDA approves new treatment for AML patients

New method studies how newborn baby's brain responds to being touched on face

New method studies how newborn baby's brain responds to being touched on face

New first-line treatment for peripheral T-cell lymphoma approved by FDA

New first-line treatment for peripheral T-cell lymphoma approved by FDA

Food insecurity during pregnancy linked to severity of neonatal abstinence syndrome

Food insecurity during pregnancy linked to severity of neonatal abstinence syndrome

Researchers find no link between infants waking up at night and later developmental problems

Researchers find no link between infants waking up at night and later developmental problems

Report: Persistent inequities may hamper progress to stop child pneumonia and diarrhea deaths

Report: Persistent inequities may hamper progress to stop child pneumonia and diarrhea deaths