- The American Academy of Pediatrics
recommends exclusively breastfeeding
for the first six months of life
and then adding in some solids or complementary food
and continuing to breastfeed until at least 12 months of age
and as long, really, as mom and baby desire.
You can breastfeed as long as you're enjoying it
and your baby's enjoying it.
Breast milk is really the best source of nutrition
for your infant.
There's so many wonderful benefits.
So, breastfeed as long as you can
but especially for the first six to 12 months of life.
A lot of moms ask me, "What about going back to work?
"How can I continue breastfeeding?"
And you can continue breastfeeding when you go back to work.
Initially in the hospital,
you're gonna wanna nurse your baby right away
and when you first get home, every two to three hours.
But over time, the feedings will space out.
And if you wanna go back to work
or you even just want to have a night out with your partner,
I recommend that moms start pumping
around three weeks of age.
A good time to introduce the bottle
is by three or four weeks of age
because if you wait too long, your baby may not take it.
And it's a good idea to get your baby drinking breast milk,
both from you and also from the bottle.
It allows flexibility,
so you can keep breastfeeding your baby for longer
and also your partner, other caregivers,
can get involved in feeding the baby.
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