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Breastfeeding Benefits

Why is exclusive breastfeeding important for you and your baby?

Some benefits for your baby include:

  • Increased protection against respiratory infections, allergies and bacterial meningitis.
  • Lower risk of getting ear and urinary tract infections.
  • Easier digestion (breast milk is easier on baby's intestines).
  • Decreased likelihood of constipation, diarrhea or reflux.
  • Enhanced brain development.
  • Lower likelihood of obesity as teenagers and adults.

Some benefits for you include:

  • A quicker recovery after childbirth, reduced risk of postpartum bleeding and a higher likelihood of returning to your pre-pregnancy weight than mothers who formula feed.
  • Increased self-confidence and feelings of closeness and bonding with your baby. Physical contact is important to newborns and can help them feel more secure, warm and comforted.
  • A lower likelihood of developing ovarian and premenopausal breast cancers, reduced osteoporosis and risk for long-term obesity.
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