Did you know that breastfeeding is the best way to provide infants with all of the nutrients they need?
This is 100% Correct. The WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding (exclusive means no formula is given, only breastmilk) starting within the first hour of birth. Many hospitals and birthing centers now encourage skin to skin time and introduce breastfeeding during this time. The first several feedings will give your baby colostrum, which includes an enormous amount of antibodies to protect your little one from diseases.
The WHO also recommends that a mother breastfeeds her child at least the first 6 months and then to the age of 2 and beyond. "Beyond" looks different for most mothers, so do what feels right for you and your little one!
Lactation consultants are very helpful if you are having difficulty getting the hang of things. Also, many women find that having a close friend or family member who breastfeeds can be a good source of support and understanding.
At the end of the day, do what is best for your baby!
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