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Benefits of Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding, when it’s possible, is one of the best things you can do for your baby:

  1. Breastfeeding provides the ideal nutrition for infants. It has a nearly perfect mix of vitamins, protein, and fat – everything your baby needs to grow.
  2. Breast milk is much easier for your baby to digest than infant formula.
  3. Breast milk contains antibodies that help your baby fight off viruses and bacteria.
  4. Breastfeeding lowers your baby’s risk of asthma, allergies, ear infections, respiratory illnesses, and bouts of diarrhea.
  5. Breastfed babies have fewer hospitalizations and trips to the doctor.

There are benefits to breastfeeding moms, too. Breastfeeding:

  1. Releases the hormone oxytocin. This helps you bond with your baby. It also helps your uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size and may reduce uterine bleeding after birth.
  2. Lowers your risk of breast and ovarian cancer. It may also lower your risk of osteoporosis.
  3. Burns extra calories, so it can help you lose pregnancy weight faster.

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