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10 facts on breastfeeding

A newborn infant breastfeeds.
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WHO recommends

WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. At six months, solid foods, such as mashed fruits and vegetables, should be introduced to complement breastfeeding for up to two years or more. In addition:

  • breastfeeding should begin within one hour of birth
  • breastfeeding should be "on demand", as often as the child wants day and night; and
  • bottles or pacifiers should be avoided.

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