Mothers' Milk

Breast-feeding--whether to do it and for how long--remains a flash point in American society. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the U.S. Surgeon General encourage mothers to skip infant formula and breast-feed exclusively for six months. But although 75% of U.S. mothers start out nursing their babies, only 44% have stuck with it by the time their child is 6 months old--and just 15% are breast-feeding exclusively by that point.

Extended breast-feeding, a term typically...

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