According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mothers who actively breastfeed their infants are less likely to develop fatal diseases such as breast cancer, ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. On the other hand, breastfed babies develop better sensory and cognitive skills that will mentally prepare them for their future. Exclusive breastfeeding also prevents the risk of common childhood illnesses such as diarrhea or pneumonia; and helps in quicker recovery in case of sickness.
Breastfeeding and children’s oral health
Worldwide breastfeeding advocacy
- Initiation of breastfeeding within the first hour of life;
- Exclusive breastfeeding – that is, the infant only receives breastmilk without any additional food or drink, not even water;
- Breastfeeding on demand – that is, as often as the child wants, day and night;
- No use of bottles, teats, or pacifiers
Howard L Needleman. The effects of infant feeding patterns on the occlusion of the primary dentition. Article in Journal of dentistry for children (Chicago, Ill) · September 2003 (researchgate.net)