Women's Health - Lactation

Practice Guidance Toolkit

Description and Key Nutrition Issues


For healthy term infants, national dietary guidelines consistently recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life, followed by continued breastfeeding as complementary foods are introduced.
Benefits for the women who breastfeed include a reduced risk of maternal type 2 diabetes, maternal breast cancer, and maternal ovarian cancer. The effects of any breastfeeding on postpartum weight loss are negligible; however, longer-term breastfeeding duration (12 to 24
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Last Updated: 2017-02-13