Benefits of breastfeeding

How your baby benefits from breastfeeding

  • Breast milk gives your baby all the nourishment they need for the first 6 months of life.
  • Breast milk is easier to digest than formula.
  • Breast milk lowers your baby’s risk for many types of illnesses, such as ear infections, diarrhea, asthma and diabetes, to name a few.
  • Breast milk reduces the risk of obesity later in infancy and during childhood.
  • Breast milk reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

How you benefit from breastfeeding

  • Breastfeeding supports and strengthens your bond with your baby.
  • It helps your body recover from the rigors of pregnancy and childbirth.
  • It lowers your risk of developing certain health problems, such as breast cancer, ovarian cancer, rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes.
  • Breastfeeding may make it easier to lose pregnancy weight.
  • Breastmilk is easier to prepare than a bottle.

Feeding your newborn

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Breastfeeding comes easily to some mothers and their babies, but can be a challenge for others. Latching your baby correctly is the first step in breastfeeding.