Breast is best. Both the World Health Organization and the American Academy of Pediatrics agree that Baby needs no other foods or drinks, even water, for 6 months.1,2 Mother should then continue to nurse him (throughout this article, we refer to the child as “he” to distinguish him from his mother), while offering age-appropriate complementary foods, for several more months1 or years.2 These recommendations are based on a vast body of research that consistently provides evidence of positive outcomes for both Mother and Baby associated with increased duration of breastfeeding.1,3-7
Bovbjerg ML, Amador C, Uphoff AE. Breastfeeding and Childhood Obesity: Where Do We Go From Here? JAMA Pediatr. 2013;167(10):894–895. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.2854
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