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Until what age do babies breastfeed?

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Dr. Gregg Alexander
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Until you stop them!: Some mothers have breastfed well into childhood. Most happy breast feeders will continue until you stop them. If you can give them at least six months, you have provided many healthy benefits.
Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Up to a year: Any amount of breast feeding is beneficial to your baby. The first 4-6 months is when your baby will benefit the most from the immune benefits of breast milk. Nursing is a good source of nutrition for the first year of life; solid foods are usually added around 4-6 months of age. The world health organization supports nursing even until age 2. Most us children switch to whole milk at 12 months.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Why can some babies not breastfeed?

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Dr. Mika Hiramatsu
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Many reasons: For example, babies born prematurely (< 34 weeks) can be neurologically immature and have trouble with suck and swallow. Various neurologic problems can cause trouble with all motor activities, not just breastfeeding. An anatomical problem such as cleft lip or palate or tongue-tie can also interfere with proper suck and swallow. These are just a few examples.

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