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Benefits of Breastfeeding Your Baby

by Cindy Schmidler

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Benefits of Breastfeeding Your Baby

All new mothers want to do what is best for their baby, especially feeding their baby food that will protect them from illness and help them thrive. More than 20 years of research has proven that breast milk is the best food to feed a baby—it is perfectly suited to nourish and project babies from illness. Your body makes the perfect food  your baby needs in the right amount at the right temperature. Babies should be breastfed for 6 months to a year. There are no recommendations on how long moms should breast feed.

Here are some of the many benefits your breast milk gives your baby:

Though you might think breastfeeding is only beneficial for your baby, it benefits mother too:

These are just a few of the reasons breastfeeding is beneficial to both mother and baby. If you’re not sure if you want to breastfeed, even if you only try breastfeeding for a few days or weeks it will give your baby much needed antibodies. Even if you try breastfeeding for only a few days or weeks it will give your baby much needed antibodies. If you need help getting your baby to latch on or just moral support, most hospitals have a lactation consultant that you call call for help and advice. Also, you can visit the website of the La Leche League, a national support organization for breastfeeding mothers. Their website is www.lalecheleague.org. With these great reasons to breast feed, hopefully more mothers will choose breastfeeding over formula.

See this page for more information about Caring for your Newborn. For more about feeding your newborn.

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