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Breastfeeding is considered the best form of nutrition for infants by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP, 2005). Its formula includes micronutrients for optimal growth and development and is a route for passive immunization from mother to infant. Included benefits encompass both mother and infant, and are thought to include nutritional, immunological, developmental, psychological, social, and economical advantages (Kelly, Watt, &Nazroo, 2006). According to a systematic review completed by Hannula, Kaunonen, and Tarkka (2008), long-term benefits for infants are believed to include reduced risk of childhood obesity, diabetes (type I and II), and cardiovascular disease. Additionally, there is thought to be a decreased risk in developing premenopausal breast cancer for women who breastfeed.

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Honors Thesis-Campus Only