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Discussion Paper: Can breastfeeding protect against childhood obesity?

Authors/ source/ publisher
Rafael Pérez-Escamilla; National Academy of Medicine
Date added to library 17 August 2016
Year published
2016
Abstract
Breastfeeding offers numerous health benefits to children and women globally. For this reason, international health organizations and American expert groups strongly support this infant feeding behavior. Given the high cost-effectiveness of breastfeeding in the United States, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology support exclusive breastfeeding for about 6 months followed by the continuation of breastfeeding until the infant is 1 year old once complementary foods are introduced at around 6 months. 
 
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