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Feeding Your Baby for the First Year

Breast milk is the best choice for babies.

This statement is true with very few exceptions. Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for at least the first four months of life and breastfeeding may continue for up to two years of age or longer. Mothers are encouraged to try to combine breastfeeding with work or school.

Breastfeeding helps build strong bonds between a mother and her baby, and offers babies lots of health benefits. These include protection from some infections, lower risk of diabetes later in life and a reduced risk of asthma and sensitivity to allergens. Breastfeeding also offers benefits to the mother, such as reduced risk of certain cancers and significant cost savings. Continue reading →