Customize your JAMA Network experience by selecting one or more topics from the list below.
Breastfeeding has many benefits for infants and mothers and is recommended
as the best source of nutrition for babies until they are ready for other
foods. Breastfeeding should usually continue for at least 12 months. There
are some special cases when breastfeeding should not be done, such as when
a mother has human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
As infants grow, they need solid foods in addition to breast milk or
formula. Babies need food that is specially formulated for them, both in texture
and in nutritional value. Infants' digestive systems are not mature enough
to handle the types of foods that adults eat.
Torpy JM, Lynm C, Glass RM. Infant Feeding. JAMA. 2003;290(13):1808. doi:10.1001/jama.290.13.1702
Create a personal account or sign in to: