Breastfeeding is when a mother feeds her babies milk from her breasts. The baby puts its mouth on to their mother's nipple and sucks the milk out of the breast's mammary gland. Breast milk is healthier for the baby because it has living cells including enzymes, probiotics, stem cells and antibodies such as lysosomes. Other forms of breastmilk substitutes most usually cow's milk  don't have the abilities to complete the baby/s intricate internal development like the maturing of the lining of the intestines, lungs and other cells. Most women can safely feed their baby. On occasions a woman with AIDS, tuberculosis or taking illegal drugs, may need to discuss with her healthcare team about the benefits and risks of breastfeeding for the baby, herself & the community. There are many reasons to breastfeed. Babies that breastfeed have a reduced risk for several diseases. In addition, it makes for cheaper feeding and health care. In both developing and developed countries, breastfeeding without giving the baby any other drinks leads to fewer deaths from diarrhoea.
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In comparison to exclusive breastfeeding, predominant (RR: 2.28), partial (RR: 4.62) and not (RR: 10.52) breastfeeding led to an elevated risk of diarrhea mortality among infants 0-5 mos of age.