The American Academy of Pediatrics states babies should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life, and then breastfeeding be continued well into the second year of life, or as long as the baby desires www.healthychildren.org.
A mother’s milk provides all the nutrients a baby needs in the right amount, and is always the right temperature. Mother’s milk also provides the baby with antibodies and macrophages which protect the baby from many illnesses. Breastfed babies have less ear infections, less respiratory problems, less allergies, less digestive problems, less chance of developing juvenile diabetes and other childhood cancers, and less chance of becoming obese than formula (artificial milk) fed babies. As a baby grows, the mothers breast milk changes to meet the developing babies needs. For mom, the benefits of breastfeeding are many.
Moms who breastfeed have reduced postpartum bleeding because breastfeeding helps the uterus contract. Moms who breastfeed are at less risk for developing osteoporosis and breast cancer and also loose their pregnancy weight quicker ( www.BreastfeedingisPriceless.com ).