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How long should I breastfeed my baby?

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The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for a healthy infant during the first 6 months after birth, with other foods added slowly while continuing to breastfeed for the first year or longer. A mother with accurate breastfeeding information during pregnancy, assistance with breastfeeding soon after birth, and access to support once home, is likely to reach or surpass her breastfeeding goals.

More mothers are continuing to breastfeed after returning to work, as availability of breast pumps and support in the workplace grows. Though any amount of breastfeeding has value, the longer a mother breastfeeds her baby, the greater the benefits. Many resources for breastfeeding information and support are available in our community including La Leche League, WIC, and hospital-based breastfeeding support, such as The Breastfeeding Center at East Jefferson General Hospital.

Susie Amick, RN, IBCLC, LCCE, is a licensed lactation consultant at East Jefferson General Hospital. Please contact the Breastfeeding Center of EJGH at 504-454-4323 for more information on breastfeeding, including classes and support groups. EJGH is a Louisiana Guided Infant Feeding Technique (GIFT)-certified hospital, based on exemplary breastfeeding support.

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