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How long does WHO recommend mothers should breastfeed for?

WHO recommends mothers exclusively breastfeed for the first six months of life and to continue for two years and beyond.


State 5 benefits of breastfeeding.

1. Perfectly balanced to meet nutritional needs
2. Free and readily available at the correct temperature
3. Infant can regulate the amount required at each feed
4. Exclusive properties of breast milk
5. Environmentally friendly


What are the long-term infant health outcomes of breastfeeding?

Reduced risks of obesity, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, respiratory infections, allergies, asthma and SIDS.

Higher IQs.


What are the maternal health outcomes of breastfeeding?

Regulates fertility.

Reduced risk of osteoporosis, ovarian and breast cancer, type 2 diabetes.

Aids return to pre-pregnancy weight and uterine contractions postnatally.