Parents often have a lot of questions about breastfeeding.
One thing that they shouldn’t question is that breastfeeding provides a number of “short- and long-term medical and neurodevelopmental advantages” for their baby.
That’s why the American Academy of Pediatrics, in their 2012 policy statement on Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk recommended:
“Exclusive breastfeeding for about six months…”
And for breastfeeding “to continue for at least the first year and beyond for as long as mutually desired by mother and child…”
Since the AAP has concluded that “breastfeeding and the use of human milk confer unique nutritional and nonnutritional benefits to the infant and the mother and, in turn, optimize infant, child, and adult health as well as child growth and development,” be sure you get all the help you need to effectively breastfeed your child.
And remember, if breastfeeding was easy, we wouldn’t need lactation consultants. So don’t be afraid to ask for help.
For more information:
- Breastfeeding Questions and Answers
- CDC – Breastfeeding
- The CDC Guide to Strategies to Support Breastfeeding Mothers and Babies
- Breastfeeding Answers from La Leche League
- A Breastfeeding Checklist: Are You Nursing Correctly?
- Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding
- Nutritional Needs While Breastfeeding
- Things to Avoid When Breastfeeding
- When Breastfeeding is Hard
- Breastfeeding for mothers with skin problems
- LactMed – search the drugs and lactation database
- Infant Risk Center