Breastfeeding Benefits for the Baby
For your baby, breastfeeding exclusively for at least six months decreases the risk of childhood obesity, as well as allergies and asthma later in life. Babies who are breastfed have a 50% lower risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), an 80% lower risk of ear infections, and a 34% lower risk of Type II diabetes. They have fewer dental cavities throughout their life, and they have a lower incidence of childhood leukemia.
How long should I breastfeed?
The World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend exclusive breastfeeding for six months, then continued breastfeeding with other foods until one year of age or longer. The longer an infant is breastfed, the greater the protection from illnesses and long-term diseases.