Most healthcare professionals and patients are aware of the benefits of breastfeeding. And it is universally recommended by both the World Health Organization and the American Academy of Pediatrics among numerous other healthcare organizations.
Proven benefits to the mother include: decreased risks of breast and ovarian cancers, decreased risk of postpartum depression, and even decreased risk of common chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Proven benefits to the infant include decreased risk of atopic dermatitis, gastroenteritis, and a higher IQ later in life. Additional beneficial associations regarding less risk of autism, cancer, asthma, are seen in observational studies. Consequently, the number of women breastfeeding their children continues to increase.
Here on iMedicalApps, we have examined several breastfeeding apps over the years and recommend readers consider LactMed from the NIH and Breastfeeding Management 2. Those excellent apps focus on medication safety and general guidance on breastfeeding, respectively.
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