Study: Breast milk best for first 6 months

June 23, 2010 9:13:16 AM PDT
Babies who are breast fed are less likely to develop respiratory or stomach problems.

A new Dutch study shows that babies breast fed exclusively for the first six months are two-thirds less likely to get respiratory infections. They are also less likely to develop stomach bugs.

Researchers say breast feeding for four months also provides substantial protection from ear and throat infections, bronchitis and stomach upsets.

The study appears in the journal Pediatrics.