Pediatrics: To Nurse or Not to Nurse?

The more medical researchers learn about the benefits of mother's milk, the more wondrous a substance it seems. It helps protect the baby from such assorted ills as colic, diaper rash, gastrointestinal disorders, allergies and the common cold. Breast feeding, say some doctors, even wards off emotional disturbances later in life. And there are valuable side effects for the mother too.

Her baby's sucking action stimulates the release of the hormone, oxytocin, from her pituitary gland, which causes the womb to contract and hastens recovery from childbirth. Even more important, women who have nursed are less likely to develop breast...

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