The immunization, optimal growth and development of breastfed infants show benefits in health when fed for at least 4 months. Even when introducing solid foods, it has been shown that babies continue to benefit by complementing breastfeeding with additional foods throughout their first year.
The CDC Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity is committed to increasing breastfeeding rates throughout the US to improve public health.
Long term studies have shown benefits of breastfeeding over formula-fed babies.
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