CNN reports on a new study that has been released in the journal Pediatrics, Prolonged and Exclusive Breastfeeding Reduces the Risk of Infectious Diseases in Infancy:
New research provides more evidence that when moms exclusively breastfeed their newborns and infants for the first six months of life, they can significantly reduce their baby's risk of serious lung and intestinal infections.
Researchers in the Netherlands looked at data from more than 4000 infants. They found that babies who were exclusively breastfed for more than four months had a "significant reduction of respiratory and gastrointestinal diseases in infants." They also found that being breastfed until six months of age seemed to be even more protective and even appeared to reduce the number of infections for the next six months of the child's life.