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Breastfeeding is feeding a baby breast milk directly from the
breast or from a bottle after expressing the milk with a pump. Breast milk
provides the best nutrition for a baby in the first 6 months of life. Other foods, such as cereal, are then gradually introduced
while the baby continues to breastfeed.
All major professional
medical groups that focus on children, such as the American Academy of
Pediatrics (AAP), recommend breastfeeding for at least the first year of a
baby's life. This recommendation includes feeding a baby only breast milk for
the first 6 months.
Current as of:
May 30, 2016
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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