Breastfeeding and health outcomes for the mother-infant dyad

Pediatr Clin North Am. 2013 Feb;60(1):31-48. doi: 10.1016/j.pcl.2012.09.010. Epub 2012 Nov 3.


Worldwide, breastfeeding saves the lives of infants and reduces their disease burden. Breastfeeding also reduces the disease burden for mothers. This article examines who chooses to breastfeed and for how long in the United States. It also reviews the latest evidence about the consequences of breastfeeding for the health of the infant and mother. This review provides support for current national and international recommendations that support breastfeeding.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Breast Feeding* / psychology
  • Breast Feeding* / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant Welfare*
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Maternal Welfare*
  • Primary Prevention
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Time Factors
  • United States
  • Women's Health*