Benefits of Lactation
Human milk is the best source of nutrition for most babies.
As the baby grows, the milk will change to meet baby’s nutritional needs.
Breastfeeding can help protect babies against some short- and long-term illnesses and diseases, such as colds, flus and RSV.
Breastfed babies have a lower risk of asthma, obesity, type 1 diabetes, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Breastfed babies are also less likely to have ear infections and stomach bugs.
Human milk shares antibodies from the parent to baby.
These antibodies help babies develop a strong immune system and protect them from illnesses.
Check out these links to learn more:
Office on Women’s Health—Breastfeeding
You can breastfeed anytime and anywhere.
You can feed your babies on the go without worrying about having to mix formula or prepare bottles. When traveling, breastfeeding can also provide a source of comfort for babies whose normal routine is disrupted.
Breastfeeding has health benefits for the parent too! Breastfeeding can reduce the risk of breast and ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure. Some cancers, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure are less common among those who breastfeed.
There are numerous additional benefits, some of which you can read about here and here.