Breastfeeding Benefits for Babies

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Breastmilk is the best choice for your baby and can benefit her in many ways throughout life. Breastmilk contains the perfect amount of protein, carbohydrate, fat, vitamins and minerals that your baby needs.  As your baby grows, your milk will also change to keep up with your baby’s needs. Here are even more advantages of breastfeeding for your baby’s healthy growth and development.

Brain Development and Breastfeeding

Breastmilk naturally contains nutrients such as the omega-3 fats. These fats are important for brain development during the first two years of life.

Fewer Infections and Breastfeeding

Your breastmilk is specially suited to your baby and is easiest on her digestive system. Antibodies in breastmilk give your baby’s immune system a boost. Breastfed babies have fewer infections than those who are not breastfed. Breastfeeding offers protection against digestive, respiratory and ear infections.

Disease Prevention and Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding may protect against obesity in the teenage years and adulthood. It may also help lower the risk of chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol later in life.

Bonding and Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding helps to create a bond between you and your baby.

Lowered Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding helps lower the chance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Read more about how you can help your baby sleep safely and lower the risk of SIDS.

Bottom Line 

There are many benefits to breastfeeding your baby.  If you have questions about breastfeeding speak to a nurse, doctor or midwife.

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Last Update – July 25, 2018

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