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There are countless good reasons to breastfeed your baby, and choosing to breastfeed will benefit your baby both now and later in life. For those looking for little encouragement or inspiration, check out this list of breastfeeding benefits.
The production of breast milk is truly miraculous, and mothers tailor their milk production throughout the course of breastfeeding, based on their infant’s needs. Breast milk contains protein, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, all in just the right amount and proportion.
One important way that breast milk differs from formula is the presence of antibodies in breast milk. Antibodies protect your baby’s immune system and prevent infections.
A healthier respiratory system
Breast feeding is also good for your baby’s lungs. Breastfed babies have a lower risk of ear infections and asthma.
A healthier neurological system
Breastfeeding promotes brain development and cognitive skills, helping your little one master all the neurological skills needed in life.
Improved health later in life
The benefits of breastfeeding extend for many years after weaning. Children who were breastfed as infants generally grow up to be healthy adults with lower risks of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
Improved health of the mother
Mothers who breastfeed find it considerably easier to shake off their pregnancy weight. In addition, breastfeeding can protect against certain disorders and cancers of the reproductive system. Breastfeeding also offers mothers a chance to bond with their baby and experience strong emotional closeness with their child.
Better for the environment
Breastfeeding means there are no cans or packages to throw away, and there is no need to wash bottles.
Better for your wallet
Breastfeeding is free!
This information is this article is intended for general purposes only. If you have any concerns about your health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a healthcare professional.