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“Breast milk is the ideal food for newborns and infants. It gives infants all the nutrients they need for healthy development. It is safe and contains antibodies that help protect infants from common childhood illnesses - such as diarrhea and pneumonia, the two primary causes of child mortality worldwide.”
-World Health Organization (WHO)

“Post-neonatal infant mortality rates in the United States are reduced by 21% in breastfed infants.”
-American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

“Optimal infant and young child feeding is exclusive breastfeeding for six months, and continued breastfeeding for at least one and up to two years or longer, with age-appropriate complementary feeding.”
- American Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, Dept. of Information, United Nations (UN)

“Breastfeeding also benefits mothers…It reduces risks of breast and ovarian cancer later in life, helps women return to their pre-pregnancy weight faster, and lowers rates of obesity.”
-World Health Organization (WHO)

“Research…provides strong evidence that human milk feeding decreases the incidence and/or severity of a wide range of infectious diseases – including bacterial meningitis, bacteremia, diarrhea, respiratory tract infection, necrotizing entercolitis, otitis media, urinary tract infection, and late-onset sepsis…”
-American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

“Studies indicate that the breastfed child has fewer illnesses and, therefore, fewer visits to the doctor and hospital. This translates into lower medical expenses and, for women who work outside the home, less absenteeism from work.”
- American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG)
 
 “Adults who were breastfed as babies often have lower blood pressure and lower cholesterol, as well as lower rates of overweight, obesity and type-2 diabetes. There is evidence that people who were breastfed perform better in intelligence tests.”
-World Health Organization (WHO)