Everyone knows breast milk is the optimal nutrition for infants. There’s a reason why the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of infancy and then continued breastfeeding for 12 months with complementary foods. But the truth is, medical schools don’t teach much about breastfeeding beyond the biological process and explaining the benefits. That means even well-intentioned pediatricians may be not well-educated in offering practical support for mothers who want to give their babies (and themselves) the proven health benefits of breastfeeding.

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