Babies who are breastfed for at least six months have lower rates of respiratory illness than those breastfed for only four months, according to US research. The study of 2,277 children aged six to 24 months found that breastfeeding for an additional two months reduced the risk of pneumonia by 75 per cent and halved the risk of developing three or more episodes of otitis media. The results support current recommendations that infants should receive only breast milk for the first six months of life (Pediatrics 2006; 117: 425-32).
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