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How long should I breastfeed?
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Up to 24 months
In the United States, a normal healthy baby who is growing well, will not see much added medical benefit from breastfeeding beyond age 1 year, compared to if he were to stop breastfeeding and just eat a variety of solid foods and drink milk or formula.
The antibodies, white blood cells, iron, and miscellaneous chemicals in the milk are unlikely to make a visible difference in the toddler.

In brief: Up to 24 months
In the United States, a normal healthy baby who is growing well, will not see much added medical benefit from breastfeeding beyond age 1 year, compared to if he were to stop breastfeeding and just eat a variety of solid foods and drink milk or formula.
The antibodies, white blood cells, iron, and miscellaneous chemicals in the milk are unlikely to make a visible difference in the toddler.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Philip Rosenblum
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Depends on you+baby
How long you are able to breastfeed is a personal decision based on family decisions, return to work plans, and ultimately what is comfortable for you and when the baby loses interest.
Ideally 6-12 months would be great, but some "breastfeeding pairs" don't make it that long. It really is a personal, individual issue.

In brief: Depends on you+baby
How long you are able to breastfeed is a personal decision based on family decisions, return to work plans, and ultimately what is comfortable for you and when the baby loses interest.
Ideally 6-12 months would be great, but some "breastfeeding pairs" don't make it that long. It really is a personal, individual issue.
Dr. Philip Rosenblum
Dr. Philip Rosenblum
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