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Information and Resources on the Benefits of Breastfeeding

Benefits of Breastfeeding

  1. Breastfeeding offers ideal nutrition.
  2. Breastfeeding aids digestion and immune system functioning.
  3. Breastfeeding provides the mother with a reduced risk of breast and ovarian cancers.
  4. Breast milk is easy for a baby to digest.
  5. Breast milk does not need to be prepared.
  6. Breast milk is always available.
  7. Breast milk has growth factors that help to provide the positive development of a baby’s organs.
  8. Breastfeeding may result in lower rates of:
    1. Ear infections
    2. Diarrhea
    3. Pneumonia, wheezing, and bronchiolitis
    4. Other bacterial and viral infections, such as meningitis
  9. Research also suggests that breastfeeding may help to protect against obesity, diabetes, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), and some cancers.

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