Many people know that ‘breast is best’ when it comes to infant feeding. However, the research is growing that shows that there are also risks of not breastfeeding. The following fast facts highlight the growing number of benefits of breastfeeding, as well as the risks associated with not breastfeeding your baby.
The World Health Organization and Health Canada recommend that babies receive only breast milk for the first six months of life.
The success among mothers who want to breastfeed can be improved through active support (US Dept. of Health and Human Services, 2011; AAFP, 2008).
Fathers or partners and the wider family are part of the mother's social environment and have a role in supporting breastfeeding, especially for longer durations (AAFP, 2008). They need information about breastfeeding, answers to their questions, and clarification about any myths or misconceptions (AAFP, 2008).
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).
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