Breast Feeding Child Development

 Studies published in The Lancet earlier this year confirmed what we have long believed, that babies fed exclusively on breast milk for at least the first 6 months have the best chance of thriving through childhood and adolescence Breast milk contains antibodies that help your baby fight off viruses and bacteria. Breastfeeding lowers your baby's risk of having asthma or allergies. Plus, babies who are breastfed exclusively for the first 6 months, without any formula, have fewer ear infections, respiratory illnesses, and bouts of diarrhea In addition to the effects reported on children's cognitive and brain development, there is evidence that breastfeeding also impacts social and emotional development in children. ... For example, at 3 months of age, breastfed infants are reported to show greater negative affect than formula-fed infants  It is up to you and your baby to decide when the time is right to stop breastfeeding. Aim to breastfeed for six months, then gradually introduce appropriate family foods in the second six months while continuing to breastfeed. Breastfeeding even for a short time is beneficial.  

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