Your Baby's 14th Week of Life

Fact of the Week

In December 1997 the American Academy of Pediatrics released a policy statement: "Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk." Within the statement, which encourages moms to breastfeed at least for their baby's first year of life, they detailed numerous benefits.

"Human milk is uniquely superior for infant feeding and is species-specific; all substitute feeding options differ markedly from it... Epidemiologic research shows that human milk and breastfeeding of infants provide advantages with regard to general health, growth and development, while significantly decreasing risk for a large number of acute and chronic diseases... Human milk feeding decreases the incidence and/or severity of diarrhea, lower-respiratory infection, otitis media, bacteremia, bacterial meningitis, botulism, urinary tract infection and necrotizing enterocolitis. There are a number of studies that show a possible protective effect of human milk feeding against sudden infant death syndrome, insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, lymphoma, allergic diseases and other chronic digestive diseases. Breastfeeding has also been related to possible enhancement of cognitive development."

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