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breastfeed

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breast-feed

(brĕst′fēd′)
v. breast·fed (-fĕd′), breast·feeding, breast·feeds
v.tr.
To feed (a baby) mother's milk from the breast; suckle.
v.intr.
To breastfeed a baby.
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Breastfed children fall sick less often so their mothers are absent from work less often too.
The twins were exclusively breastfed for three months and then partially until they were eight months old.
Research suggests that breastfed babies have lower rates of asthma, childhood obesity, ear infections, sudden infant death syndrome, lower respiratory infections and other health conditions.
In 2011, although 75% of babies were initially breastfed, only 15% were exclusively breastfed six months later.
A number of studies show that the prevalence of overweight in childhood is lower in children (3 to 6 years of age) who were breastfed compared to children who were never breastfed.
2) Infants who are not exclusively breastfed for the first six months are more likely to suffer from gastroenteritis, respiratory infections, otitis media, urinary tract infections, necrotising enterocolitis, atopic disease in families where there is a history of this, and diabetes mellitus.
According to 2005 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 32% of infants are exclusively breastfed at 3 months of age and 12% are exclusively breastfed at 6 months.
But an even more important reason to support breastfeeding is the research on its benefits to breastfed children.
Total medical care costs for the nation are lower for fully breastfed infants than never breastfed infants since breastfed infants typically need fewer sick care visits, prescriptions and hospitalizations.
They claimed that in Pakistan only eight percent infants at six to eight months are exclusively breastfed.