How long should a baby breastfeed or receive breastmilk?

Woman in Ethiopia breastfeeding outside

Global, national and provincial experts recommend:

  • The early initiation of breastfeeding within 1 hour of birth.
  • Exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life.
  • Continued breastfeeding up to 2 years of age or beyond, with introduction of nutritionally adequate and safe complementary (solid) foods at 6 months.

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