And, on a related topic, I've reviewed research concerning the health benefits and risks of
consuming cow's milk.
Cow's milk isn't good for babies under 12 months. Is it good for
toddlers and older children? The answer may depend on your family's
health history and on what other sources of protein and calcium you have
This article explains why babies are better off regulating their own
intake. It covers the evolution of breastfeeding, hunter-gather
practices, clinical studies of milk quality, infant growth, stress,
pain, and even napping.
The composition of breast milk changes depends on a variety of
factors, including how long you have been lactating and how frequently
you feed your baby. Learn more about the
nutrients and calories in breast milk.
This article covers colostrum and “mature" breast milk, and discusses
the role of fats, proteins, vitamins, and minerals. It reviews the many
factors that influence the composition of your breast milk, and offers
tips for improving its quality.
In addition, read about how the
flavors in breast milk influence your baby's food preferences
the possibility that breast milk produced in the evening contains substances that promote sleep.
Breastfeeding on demand: A cross-cultural perspective
Both the World Health organization and the American Academy of
Pediatrics recommend that mothers breastfeed "on demand" or "on
cue"--i.e., letting the baby determine the timing of feedings.