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The risk of postnatal HIV transmission to exclusively breastfed (EBF) infants between 6 weeks and 6 months of age was 4%.
Nine out of ten mothers who give up say they would like to have breastfed for longer.
The journal Epidemiology published a study suggesting that breastfed infants may be less likely to be overweight as teens.
We would like to see most newborns exclusively breastfed for the first four to six months of life, and breastfeeding sustained into the second year,' he writes in Breastfeeding Review.
Our attention has focused more on the relatively few women who employed wetnurses than on the majority of mothers who breastfed their own infants.
Although research from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has shown that breastfed children have a lower risk of developing cancer, obesity and type 2 diabetes, and breastfeeding moms have a lower risk of developing breast cancer and type 2 diabetes, 10% of women surveyed still feel it doesn't make a big difference for mom or baby.
Additionally, 25 percent of women who breastfed reported to The Bump that they did so for a shorter period of time than planned, and approximately two thirds (66%) of breastfeeding women transitioned to formula within baby's first year[sup.
NEWBORN babies in the North East are less likely to be breastfed within the first 48 hours of life than those in other parts of the country.
Although 81% of babies are breastfed at birth by six weeks, the rates of 'any breastfeeding' have dropped to 55% and exclusive breastfeeding to 24% in England, 22% in Scotland, 17% in Wales and 13% in Northern Ireland.
The percent of babies breastfed at 6 months of age increased from 25 percent in 2000 to 49 percent in 2010, the data found.
Plunket's goal is to see more babies being exclusively breastfed for longer and extending the duration of breastfeeding.