I’ve had a long day with my kids and haven’t had time for writing, so here is a brief thought to think about.
Exclusively breastfeeding a baby until they are at least 6 months old, as is recommended by the NHS, UNICEF, the WHO and more, reduces the risk of diarrhoea and vomiting (and being hospitalised because of it), ear & chest infections, eczema, Type 2 Diabetes and quite possibly more.
At birth, 69% of babies in the UK are exclusively breastfed
By 1 week, that has dropped to 43%.
By 6 weeks, only 23% of babies in the UK are exclusively breastfed.
At 6 months, only 1% of babies in the UK are exclusively breastfed.
99% of UK babies are exposed to additional risk before they are even 6 months old, because of how they are fed.
Data from the Infant Feeding Survey 2010