Every mother wants the best for her child, and many physicians believe breastfeeding is the best way to ensure your newborn has a healthy start to life. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services designated August as Breastfeeding Awareness Month in hopes of encouraging more new moms to breastfeed their babies. According to research, babies who are only given breast milk for six months are less likely to develop ear infections, diarrhea and respiratory illnesses. Studies also suggest a breastfed baby is less likely to develop childhood obesity.
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