Breastfeeding has been shown to provide health benefits to the infant, including nutrients needed for healthy growth and development as well as antibodies to protect them from many illnesses. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that a baby be breastfed for at least 12 months, however even babies who breastfeed for only a short period of time can experience health benefits.
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Breastfeeding: Increase the proportion of infants who are ever breastfed to at least 81.9 percent.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System.
Retrieved November 22, 2014, from www.marchofdimes.org/peristats.