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What is extended breastfeeding?

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Extended breastfeeding is breastfeeding that continues past an infant's first birthday, according to Mayo Clinic. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that a mother breastfeed for the first 12 months of a child's life, and continue beyond then if it's mutually beneficial for both mother and baby.

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Although many mothers choose to discontinue breastfeeding after the first year, the World Health Organization recommends breastfeeding up to age 2 or beyond. Mothers choose extended breastfeeding because it extends the period of time in which a baby receives the benefits of breast milk. Those benefits include balanced nutrition and a boost to the immune system, advises the Mayo Clinic.

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