When it comes to infant nutrition, breastfeeding is the healthiest way to feed your baby. Breast milk contains all the vitamins and nutrients your baby needs during his or her first six months of growth. Plus, it’s completely free.
Breast milk also helps protect your baby against illnesses, including ear infections, allergies, diabetes and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Breastfeeding can also help improve your own health by:
- Helping you lose weight
- Reducing stress
- Reducing postpartum bleeding
- Reducing risk of some cancers
- Protecting against osteoporosis later in life