How Long Is Too Long for Breastfeeding?

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Hi, Doctor Altman here with some tips about breastfeeding. It's great for your baby infants who nurse often dodge allergies, eczema, digestive woes and respiratory disease, not to mention diabetes, obesity, [xx] and tooth decay. Many new moms ask me how long they should breastfeed, the World Health Organisation says two plus years, and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends at least 12 months.

Unfortunately many US mums don't make it that long. The Centers for Disease Control and prevention breastfeeding report card says 75% of mums try breastfeeding that by one year only 25% are still breastfeeding at all, that's because breastfeeding isn't always easy. A certified lactation consultant can help you and your little one get on track and have a successful breastfeeding experience.

And talk to your pediatrician about any problems that come up. Common issues like breast tenderness or engorgement, fever, mild illness or even taking some medications doesn't mean you have to stop breastfeeding. You can resolve these issues and keep nursing until you and your child determine it's time to button up.

As always, talk to your doctor about any medications or supplements you are taking, to ensure they're safe for nursing. For more ways to boost your family's health, check out all our smart tips, right here.