Breastfed babies are much less likely to get ear infections, colds, flus, vomiting or diarrhea.
Breastfed babies are less likely to have allergies.
Breast milk gives your baby the nutrients she (or he) needs. Your breast milk changes as your baby grows to meet her changing nutritional needs.
Breast milk is easy to digest, so breastfed babies have less colic and fewer digestive problems.
Breast milk is always the right temperature.
Breast milk is always fresh.
Breastfeeding helps a mother and a baby feel close and to get to know each other. This closeness helps the babys emotional development, and it helps the babys brain develop properly.
Breastfed babies may have extra protection from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
A newborn baby's immune system is not yet fully developed. But did you know that a mother's breast milk contains special molecules (called antibodies) which help protect her baby from illnesses he may not be ready to fight off on his own?
Your breast milk is custom-made for your baby. The composition of your breast milk changes as your baby grows to meet his nutritional needs.
It's Good For Mothers
Breastfeeding helps a mothers uterus (womb) go back to its pre-pregnancy shape more quickly.
Breastfeeding helps mothers lose extra weight they may have gained during pregnancy.
Breastfeeding may lower a womans risk of cancers of the breast, ovaries and uterus.
Breastfeeding is convenient. You don't have to spend time getting bottles ready or cleaning them.
It makes a mother feel good to know she is the only one who can nourish her baby this way.
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