They also have suggested feeding on demand to help mothers breast-feed exclusively for six months.
The Surgeon General’s “Healthy People 2020” program aims to encourage breast-feeding, so that by 2020, 82 percent of babies will be breast-fed for some period of time, 61 percent for six months and 34 percent for a year. Whatever a woman chooses for herself and her baby, it’s satisfying to know that even short-term breast-feeding can provide substantial benefits to both mother and baby.
Hillary Easom breast-fed each of her children for 16 months.
Reviewed June 29, 2011
Edited by Kate Kunkel