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Breastfeeding & Beyond: What's Best for You & Your Baby 
August 2022 | Issue 224
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August is National Breastfeeding Month, and we are excited to share the American Academy of Pediatrics newly updated breastfeeding recommendations. In the "Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk" policy statement and technical report, we encourage exclusive breastfeeding for about the first six months. We also support continued breastfeeding after solid foods are introduced as long as you and your baby desire, for 2 years or beyond.

These recommendations now more closely align with guidance from the World Health Organization. They also reflect a growing body of research showing the many ways extended breastfeeding can benefit the health of a nursing parent, as well as their baby. But we also recognize that every family's situation and needs are different.  What matters most is having the information, options and support you need to choose what truly works for you. Pediatrician Lori Felman-Winter, MD, MPH, FAAP, explains more here.  

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A lot of parents wonder how long a bottle can sit out before it goes bad, especially if their baby takes small amounts at a time. The answer? It depends. There are several factors that determine how long you can safely feed your baby a bottle of breast milk or baby formula. These include how it was prepared, temperature, prep area cleanliness and whether your baby has already fed from it, for example. Hailey Nelson, MD, FAAP, IBCLC, is here with what you need to know. Go to article.

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 Playful Party Ideas 

Invite a few of your child's pals and let them discover how fun creating art can be! Play games like pass the picture: One child can start a drawing, then passes it to friends to see what they get at the end! 

Read more in this month's Power of Play article, Playful Birthday Parties: Tips & Ideas for Young ChildrenFind printable play sheets here.
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