Breastfeeding is feeding a baby breast milk directly from the breast or from a bottle after expressing the milk with a pump. Breast milk provides the best nutrition for a baby in the first 6 months of life. Other foods, such as cereal, are then gradually introduced while the baby continues to breastfeed.

Experts recommend breastfeeding for up to two years or longer. This recommendation includes feeding a baby only breast milk for the first 6 months.

Current as of: November 21, 2017

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: Sarah A. Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Thomas M. Bailey, MD, CCFP - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology