http://www.who.int/nut/inf.htmBreastfeeding is an unequalled way of providing ideal food for the healthy growth and development of infants; it is also an integral part of the reproductive process with important implications for the health of mothers. As a global public health recommendation, infants should be exclusively breastfed1 for the first six months of life to achieve optimal growth, development and health.2 Thereafter, to meet their evolving nutritional requirements, infants should receive nutritionally adequate and safe complementary foods while breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond. Exclusive breastfeeding from birth is possible except for a few medical conditions, and unrestricted exclusive breastfeeding results in ample milk production.
See also in this connection:
* The Optimal Duration of Exclusive Breastfeeding. A Systematic Review. Geneva, World Health Organization, 2001 (Document WHO/NHD/01.08).
¤ Full text in PDF (English, 1039 KB)
* The Optimal Duration of Exclusive Breastfeeding. Report of an Expert Consultation. Geneva, Switzerland. 28-30 March 2001. World Health Organization, 2001 (Document WHO/NHD/01.09).
¤ Full text in PDF (English, 119 KB)
* Nutrient Adequacy of Exclusive Breastfeeding for the Term Infant During The First Six Months of Life.
¤ Full text in PDF (English, 272 KB)
HTH - My DH wrecked my PC recently and I do not have all my programs up and runnning yet so I di dnot read the PDF's