Getting ready for the birth of your baby is an exciting and busy time. One of the most important decisions you will make is how to feed your baby.

Deciding to breastfeed can give your baby the best possible start in life. Breastfeeding benefits you and your baby in many ways. It also is a proud tradition of many cultures.

The following are excerpts from the American Academy of Pediatrics' (AAP) booklet Breastfeeding Your Baby: Answers to Common Questions.

In general, the longer you breastfeed, the greater the benefits will be to you and your baby, and the longer these benefits will last.

Breastfeeding is good for your baby because

Research also suggests that breastfeeding may help protect against obesity, diabetes, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), asthma, eczema, colitis, and some cancers.

Breastfeeding is good for your health because it helps

When you become pregnant, your body begins to prepare...

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