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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.
Breastfeeding can have protective affect against high blood pressure in women, confirms study

Breastfeeding can have protective affect against high blood pressure in women, confirms study

Genentech’s combination therapy improves outcome in patients with non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer

Genentech’s combination therapy improves outcome in patients with non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer

Combination of Opdivo and Yervoy shows four-year survival benefits in patients with advanced melanoma

Combination of Opdivo and Yervoy shows four-year survival benefits in patients with advanced melanoma

FDA approves update to Rituxan label to include information on treatment of rare forms of vasculitis

FDA approves update to Rituxan label to include information on treatment of rare forms of vasculitis

Breastfeeding reduces the number of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in infant gut

Breastfeeding reduces the number of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in infant gut

Study identifies molecular switch that controls fate of milk-producing breast cells

Study identifies molecular switch that controls fate of milk-producing breast cells

Kent State professor receives grant to study role of oxytocin in the developing brain

Kent State professor receives grant to study role of oxytocin in the developing brain

Carnegie professor receives NIH Director's New Innovator Award

Carnegie professor receives NIH Director's New Innovator Award

Phase 3 ECHELON-2 clinical trial evaluating ADCETRIS plus CHP meets primary endpoint

Phase 3 ECHELON-2 clinical trial evaluating ADCETRIS plus CHP meets primary endpoint

Breastfeeding changes gene activity that regulates infant's response to stress

Breastfeeding changes gene activity that regulates infant's response to stress

Researchers review current state and future potential of biologic medications to treat asthma in children

Researchers review current state and future potential of biologic medications to treat asthma in children

Breastfeeding could be important way to prevent childhood obesity, study finds

Breastfeeding could be important way to prevent childhood obesity, study finds

Association between breastfeeding and infant health may not be straight-forward

Association between breastfeeding and infant health may not be straight-forward

FARXIGA receives positive results in Phase III DECLARE-TIMI 58 cardiovascular outcomes trial

FARXIGA receives positive results in Phase III DECLARE-TIMI 58 cardiovascular outcomes trial

ADCETRIS drug receives approval in Japan as frontline treatment option for Hodgkin lymphoma

ADCETRIS drug receives approval in Japan as frontline treatment option for Hodgkin lymphoma

CHMP grants positive opinion for VENCLYXTO plus rituximab for treating relapsed/refractory CLL

CHMP grants positive opinion for VENCLYXTO plus rituximab for treating relapsed/refractory CLL

Eating fatty fish during pregnancy may boost unborn child's brain development

Eating fatty fish during pregnancy may boost unborn child's brain development

Babies exposed to higher levels of organochlorine compounds in womb may have worse lung function

Babies exposed to higher levels of organochlorine compounds in womb may have worse lung function

Novel treatment for hairy cell leukemia approved by FDA

Novel treatment for hairy cell leukemia approved by FDA

Overweight mothers more likely to stop breastfeeding sooner than healthy weight women

Overweight mothers more likely to stop breastfeeding sooner than healthy weight women