Breastfeeding

How long should I breastfeed my baby?

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The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusively breastfeeding your baby for a MINIMUM of one year.

Exclusive means only breast milk (no food, water or formula) for the first 6 months either directly from breastfeeding or from pumping, and then continuing to provide only breast milk while introducing complementary foods like solids for at least until the child’s first birthday.

While this is the minimum recommendation in the US, the World Health Organization’s recommendations go even further in stating the minimum to be the first TWO years. Longer duration of exclusive breastfeeding is especially important in countries where clean water, healthy food and healthcare are more of an issue, but ALL babies benefit the longer that mom continues to provide her milk.

The benefits of breastfeeding do not decrease or disappear no matter how long you continue to nurse and your child will continue to receive them. The longer you can continue to provide this the better.

Regardless of how long you decide or are able to breastfeed, your baby will benefit. Whether it is two years, two months or two days…anything is better than nothing! Whatever you are able to do, be proud of yourself and know that you are doing the best thing for your little one.

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