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Breastfeeding beyond infancy  
Breastfeeding beyond infancy benefits mother and baby. For children, this may include balanced nutrition, boosted immunity and improved health. For mothers, breastfeeding longer may include improved health and reduced risk of illnesses such as breast and ovarian cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease, and diabetes. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months after birth and breastfeeding in combination with solid foods until at least age 1. Worldwide, babies are weaned on average between ages 2 and 4. How long you breastfeed is up to you and your baby. Here's what you need to know about the benefits of breastfeeding beyond infancy.


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