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|Thu, 01-02-2014 - 11:16am|
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months after birth, followed by continued breastfeeding for one year or longer as other foods are introduced. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), fewer than 75 percent of infants nationwide are breastfed at all and fewer than half are still being breastfed at six months. Health benefits of breastfeeding can include reduced incidence of ear infections, stomach illness and lower obesity rates for children and, for mothers, a reduced risk for pre-menopausal breast cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
In one of the two trials included in this paper, women who were regularly encouraged and given instruction and support for breastfeeding were more than four times as likely to exclusively breastfeed their infant at one month and nearly three times more likely to do so at three months, compared with the control group.
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