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breast-feed

(brest-fēd),
To nourish an infant by the act of suckling; to obtain breast milk by sucking at the mother's breast.
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Not all moms choose to or are physically able to breast-feed; for those who do, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that infants be breast-fed during the first year for the best health outcomes.
[2] In the United States, about 75% of women begin breast-feeding and about 13% only breast-feed until the age of six months.
They should be encouraged to breast-feed because it improves glucose metabolism and insulin sensitivity.
She said: "I wanted to breast-feed my little boy, but I'd been in labour 36 hours and by the time I had him I was far too tired and he just went on bottles.
Nearly one-third of 5,000 mothers surveyed in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and Turkey said that women who breast-feed in public are attention seeking or that it is embarrassing or even wrong.
Prior to giving birth, 61% of women (70% of first-time mothers and 57% of experienced mothers) had intended to breast-feed exclusively; 51% of all respondents were breastfeeding exclusively in the first week after the birth.
Mums and mums-to-be are encouraged to nominate a "buddy" from their circle of friends and family, to provide practical and emotional support while they breast-feed.
"We already know how to prevent breast-feeding transmission: Don't breast-feed," says Lynne Mofenson of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Bethesda, Md.
More women are initiating breast-feeding, but the percentage of those who breast-feed exclusively at 3 months is below the national goal of 60%, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Some of the motivation behind businesses investing in facilities for nursing moms could be Colorado legislation passed in 2004 that protects a woman's right to breast-feed "anywhere she has the right to be." However, the law has no special stipulations for the work environment.
"Everyone should be aware of the health benefits and mums should feel enabled to breast-feed as long as they wish," said Mrs Burt.
"Most women in the world do not exclusively breast-feed," said Dr.