Breastfeeding reduces the feeding parent's risk of breast and ovarian cancers, diabetes, postpartum depression, and may delay the return to fertility.

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Breastmilk provides calories, good fats, and antibodies that protect their microbiomes from opportunistic infections and illnesses.

 Victora, C., et al (2016). "Breastfeeding in the 21st Century: Epidemiology, Mechanisms and Lifelong Effect." The Lancet 387 (10017):475-490.

The World Health Organization recommends babies initiate breastfeeding within the first hour of life, receive breastmilk exclusively (when possible) for the first 6 months, and continue to get some breastmilk for at least the first 2 years of life.