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Breast Feeding

Breastfeeding, also called nursing, can be an easy and inexpensive way for a mother to feed her child.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Policy Statement on Breastfeeding, women who don’t have health problems should exclusively breastfeed their infants for at least the first six months of life. The AAP suggests that women try to breastfeed for the first 12 months of life because of the benefits to both the mother and baby.


What are the benefits of breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding offers many benefits to the baby:

  • Breast milk provides the right balance of nutrients to help an infant grow into a strong and healthy toddler.
  • Breastfed infants, and those who are fed expressed breast milk, have fewer deaths during the first year and experience fewer illnesses than babies fed formula.
  • Some of the nutrients in breast milk also help protect an infant against some common childhood illnesses and infections, such as diarrhea, middle ear infections, and certain lung infections.

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Understanding Breast Feeding

  • A Guide to Breastfeeding Your Baby - Video (March of Dimes)
  • Baby Feeding Patterns
  • Breastfeeding Advice Videos (womenshealth.gov)
  • Breastfeeding Resources for Employers (American College of Nurse-Midwives)
  • Breastfeeding Tips
  • Breastfeeding: Steps for Success
  • Common Breastfeeding Problems
  • It's Only Natural (Women's Health.gov)
  • Nutrition Issues and Concerns about Breastfeeding
  • Pumping and Storing Breast Milk
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  • Commonly Asked Questions

  • A Breastfeeding Checklist: Are You Nursing Correctly? (American Academy of Pediatrics)
  • Frequently Asked Questions about Breastfeeding
  • How Do Diet, Medications, and Alcohol Affect Breastfeeding? (American College of Nurse-Midwives)
  • Questions about Breast Milk - Easy to Read (Food and Drug Administration)
  • Questions About Learning to Breastfeed (womenshealth.gov)
  • Questions About Tattoos and Breastfeeding (La Leche League International)
  • Questions from Dads about Breastfeeding
  • Should I Breastfeed My Baby? (American Academy of Pediatrics)
  • When Should a Mother Avoid Breastfeeding? (Centers for Disease Control)

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    Last Updated: Mar 30, 2016