Breast is best. Both the World Health Organization and the American Academy of Pediatrics agree that Baby needs no other foods or drinks, even water, for 6 months.1,2 Mother should then continue to nurse him (throughout this article, we refer to the child as “he” to distinguish him from his mother), while offering age-appropriate complementary foods, for several more months1 or years.2 These recommendations are based on a vast body of research that consistently provides evidence of positive outcomes for both Mother and Baby associated with increased duration of breastfeeding.1,3–7
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Bovbjerg ML, Amador C, Uphoff A. Breastfeeding and childhood obesity: where do we go from here? [invited commentary] JAMA Pediatrics 2013 Oct; 167(10): 894-5.