Benefits of Breastfeeding
Whether or not you will breastfeed your baby is a personal choice based on your health, family history and opinions. As you navigate the decision process of breastfeeding, remember the following significant benefits breastfeeding offers to both you and your baby.
- Your baby needs the nutrients in breast milk. The milk a mother produces is made up of vitamins, protein and fat that is easy for your baby to digest and essential to his growth. It also contains antibodies that will help your baby fight viruses and bacteria.
- Breast milk protects your baby as he grows up. Babies who are breastfed are less likely to have asthma and allergies, ear infections, respiratory illnesses and diarrhea. Over time, breastfed babies are hospitalized less and have fewer trips to the doctor.
- It helps you bond with your baby. Being close to your baby while breastfeeding will create natural physical touch, one-on-one time and eye contact that will strengthen the bond you two are building.
- Breastfeeding can improve your health. Because breastfeeding burns calories, it can help you lose weight gained from pregnancy faster. Your risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer is lowered, too.
- You'll save money. Buying formula and spending time to prepare it would add extra cost and responsibility in an already expensive and busy time period after your child's birth.