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The benefits of breastfeeding

Created: 09/02/2014 9:39 AM
By: Erika Edwards, NBC News

(NBC News)  New research finds that what your baby eats during his first year of life can have a tremendous impact on his health all the way through first grade.

According to a series of new studies published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, it appears the benefits of breast-feeding last until at least age 6.

Babies who were breast-fed exclusively for at least six months were less likely to suffer from ear, throat and sinus infections at 6 years old.

Breast-feeding also appeared to offer protection against food allergies.

Experts say exposure to the taste of vegetables through breast milk might alter babies' natural preference for sweet and salty foods, making them more likely to eat their veggies later on.

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