Breastfeeding Benefits: Why Longer is Better

breastfeeding benefitsBy Nicole Pelletiere

To get the maximum breastfeeding benefits for you and your baby (everything from lower cancer rates to bouncing back to your post-baby body faster to lower baby costs), experts recommend you breastfeed until your child’s first birthday. But since breastfeeding is dose-dependent—meaning the longer you do it, the more benefits you get—it’s perfectly fine to breastfeed your baby for even longer than a year, says Becky Lyons, lactation consultant at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia. Conversely, if you aren’t able tot breastfeed for a full year, that also means it’s better to breastfeed for any amount of time versus none at all.

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