A newborn baby’s immune system is not yet fully developed. But did you know that your breast milk contains special antibodies that help protect your 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.
Good for Babies:
- Breastfed babies are much less likely to get ear infections, colds, flu, nausea or diarrhea.
- Breastfed babies may have extra protection from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
- Breastfed babies are less likely to have allergies.
- Breast milk gives your baby needed nutrients. 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 fresh and just the right temperature.
- Breastfeeding helps a mother and a baby to feel close and bond. This closeness helps the baby’s emotional development, and it helps the baby’s brain develop properly.
- Breastfeeding is environmentally friendly.
Good for Mothers, Too:
- Breastfeeding helps a mother’s 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 woman’s 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.