WHO strongly recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. At six months, other foods should complement breastfeeding for up to two years or more. In addition:
* breastfeeding should begin within an hour of birth;
* breastfeeding should be „on demand“, as often as the child wants day and night; and
* bottles or pacifiers should be avoided.
Wer nach 6 Monaten zufüttert soll trotzdem nicht weniger stillen:
breastfeeding should not be decreased when starting complementary feeding;
Sie erwähnen zudem, dass gestillte Menschen später weniger Krankenheiten und möglicherweise sogar einen höheren IQ haben (hey – das ist nicht von den Rabeneltern, das ist die WHO!)
Long-term benefits for children
Beyond the immediate benefits for children, breastfeeding contributes to a lifetime of good health. Adults who were breastfed as babies often have lower blood pressure and lower cholesterol, as well as lower rates of overweight, obesity and type-2 diabetes. There is evidence that people who were breastfed perform better in intelligence tests.