Breastfeeding, or nursing, is the feeding of an infant with breast milk by the mother. This is a natural part of motherhood and has a variety of benefits for the child. Breastfeeding disorders may include cracked nipples, mastitis, and other disorders. Various drugs and medications are contraindicated for nursing mothers because some drugs may enter the breast milk.
Breastfeeding provides an infant with essential calories, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients for optimal growth, health, and development. Breastfeeding is beneficial to both a mother and her infant and also offers an important opportunity for the pair to bond.
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- Source: NICHD (NIH): nichd.nih.gov/ health/ topics/ breastfeeding/ Pages/ default.aspx
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