Findings have consistently shown a decreased risk of maternal breast cancer with longer durations of breastfeeding (Collaborative Group on Hormonal Factors in Breast Cancer, 2002; Chang-Claude, Eby, Kiechle, Bastert, & Becher, 2000; Brinton et al., 1995).
Breastfeeding should continue for up to two years or more with the introduction of nutrient rich complementary foods from the age of six months.
Breastfeeding offers some protection against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) or crib death.
Breastfeeding protection, promotion and support increases the percentage of mothers who breastfeed their child beyond six months. Studies have shown that when all forms of breastfeeding support are offered at all follow-ups with the child up to nine months of age, mothers are encouraged to continue breastfeeding (Renfrew, McCormick, Wade, Quinn & Dowswell, 2012).
26% of Canadian women exclusively breastfeed for six months. (Statistics Canada, CCHS 2011-2012).
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