Pediatricians Breastfeeding Recommendations

When it comes to breastfeeding babies, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends:

  • Breastfeed exclusively for about the first 6 months. It supports breastfeeding for the first year and beyond as long as both mother and child want to, even through the toddler years.
  • Mother should have easy access to baby—who should be in a crib or a bassinet in her bedroom.
  • A pediatrician or other healthcare professional should evaluate a newborn breastfed infant at 3–5 days of age and again at 2–3 weeks to be sure the baby is feeding and growing well.
  • All exclusively breastfed babies should receive a vitamin supplement. Ask your pediatrician to recommend a vitamin and dosage.

This message is not intended to provide individual medical advice. Always seek the advice of a physician or qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have about your health or medical condition, your breastfeeding issues and your infant's health. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you have read in our emails, webpages or other electronic communications.

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