Medical experts recommend giving your baby nothing other than breast milk until she is six months of age with continued breastfeeding after introducing solid foods until at least one year of age. Breastfeeding will help protect your baby from getting sick and will lower her risk of infection, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, asthma, cancer, diabetes, obesity and more. By breastfeeding your baby you will also be reducing your own risk of diabetes, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and postpartum depression.
The first milk you will make after birth is called colostrum and is packed with important antibodies and nutrients. It may not seem like enough, but your baby's stomach only holds 1-2 teaspoons in the beginning so this is just right for her. After 2-5 days your body will start producing larger amounts of milk.
Find more breastfeeding resources and information at www.womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding.
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