International comparison of breastfeeding recommendations

I thought I would use my international experience to compare breastfeeding recommendations from different countries. I looked up various governmental health organisations and had a look at what they suggest for nursing. And the strange thing is…it is all very similar! That’s right, it looks like six months exclusive breastfeeding is the international standard. Here is a table showing the results of my survey.

Country/Organisation Recommendation
World Health Organisaton Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended up to 6 months of age, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond.
Australia – Department of Health and Human Services Exclusive breastfeeding of infants until six months of age, with the introduction of solid foods at around six months and continued breastfeeding until the age of 12 months – and beyond, if both mother and infant wish.
Germany – National Stillkommission WHO recommendations adopted.
Ireland – Health Service Executive Exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months and continuation breastfeeding after that while also providing nourishing solid foods until baby is 2 years old or older.
The Netherlands – Voedingscentrum Exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months, unless the child is ready for complementary foods earlier. Continue as long after 6 months as wanted.
New Zealand – Ministry of Health Babies should be exclusively breastfed until around six months of age, with continued breastfeeding until at least one year of age or beyond.
Switzerland – Schweizeriche Gezellschaft für Ernährung WHO recommendations.
UK – Food Standards Agency Exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months, thereafter until at least one year.
USA – Department of Health and Human Services From birth to age 6 months, feed your baby breast milk only.From ages 6 months to 12 months, keep breastfeeding your baby. You can start feeding your baby cereal or other baby food.For age 12 months and up, continue to feed your baby new foods that are recommended by your doctor. If you can, keep breastfeeding.
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