Breastfeeding is feeding a baby breast milk directly from the breast or from a bottle after expressing the milk with a pump. Breast milk provides nutrition for about the first 6 months of the baby's life. Other foods, such as cereal, are then gradually introduced while the baby continues to breastfeed.
Experts, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), recommend feeding your baby only breast milk for about 6 months. They also support breastfeeding for 2 years or longer. But your baby benefits from any amount of time that you breastfeed. Try to breastfeed for as long as it works for you and your baby.
Current as of: November 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Sarah Marshall MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology & Heather Quinn MD - Family Medicine & JoLynn Montgomery PA - Family Medicine
American Academy of Pediatrics (2022). Policy statement: Breastfeeding and the use of human milk. Pediatrics, 125(1): 1–15. DOI: 10.1542/peds.2022-057988. Accessed July 18, 2022.