Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Breastfeeding Trends Infographic

By age one, the percentage of babies being breast-fed drops to under one quarter.

Something very important that this infographic misses is the importance of full term breastfeeding which is for at least two years. My son breastfed until he was 22 months old. My daughter is now 3 years, 7 months, and about two weeks old. She currently breastfeeds about once a week or so.

In the policy statement, "Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk," published in the March 2012 issue of Pediatrics (published online Feb. 27), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) reaffirms its recommendation of exclusive breastfeeding for about the first six months of a baby's life, followed by breastfeeding in combination with the introduction of complementary foods until at least 12 months of age, and continuation of breastfeeding for as long as mutually desired by mother and baby.   

According to the World Health Organization, "Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended up to 6 months of age, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond."