The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding until your baby is at least 2 years old because breast milk can help a child’s immune system develop and reduce a baby’s risk for chronic conditions like respiratory issues, diarrhea, and asthma. Research has also found that breastfed babies also have a lower risk of sudden infant death syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. According to lactation experts, a baby can benefit from consuming only breast milk for the first six months of life. After that time, you can start to add solid foods.
The Centers for Disease Control also report that breastfeeding can lower your risk of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and breast and ovarian cancers.