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Alisa Hideg: Breastfeeding is good for mother and child

During medical school, several women in my class had children. When they returned to work, they continued to breastfeed their babies, which meant that they were often pumping breast milk between seeing patients. At home they were able to nurse their infant and when away, their spouse or baby’s caregiver fed the baby the pumped milk. It was a lot of effort, but these physicians knew it was worth it. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a minimum of one year of breastfeeding because breast milk provides many advantages for babies. Adequate fluid, excellent nutrition, and protection against illnesses and infections are all found in breast milk. It lowers the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and decreases the risk of developing allergies, asthma and type 1 diabetes. Read more