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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) both recommend exclusive breastfeeding until an infant is at least 6 months of age. Breast milk is composed of many essential substances for optimal growth and development, including carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. The bioactive functions of the proteins in breast milk are especially important during critical periods of the brain, gut, and immune development. As a result, breastfed babies have lower rates of otitis media as well as respiratory and intestinal infections. In addition to these short-term benefits, there are many long-term advantages to breastfeeding, including improved cognitive development and a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. Studies have shown that mothers also benefit from breastfeeding, with favorable maternal metabolic changes including lower rates of hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and cardiovascular disease. Moreover, some studies show that breastfeeding can reduce the risk of breast and ovarian cancer. Come learn more with us on 3/18/22 at 1 pm EST!