Breastfeeding Benefits for You and Your Baby

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The decision to breastfeed your baby or not is an important decision. It can be a controversial topic, but no matter what decision you make, it is your choice and you will do what is best for your baby and you.

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) strongly recommends exclusively breastfeeding for the first 6 months and continued breastfeeding along with solids after that.

Breastfeeding Benefits for your Baby

Breast milk provides the perfect nutrition for your baby. It is made up of vitamins, protein, and fat. Breast milk contains antibodies that help your baby fight off viruses and bacteria. It is also easily digested when compared to formula.

Breastfeeding your baby provides more than just nourishment for them to grow; it also lowers their risk of having asthma or allergies, fewer ear infections, and respiratory illnesses. Skin-to-skin contact with your baby helps create a bond so that they feel secure.

A breastfed baby reaps benefits throughout their growing years even after you have stopped breastfeeding. Your baby will have fewer doctor visits and illnesses, even the possibility of a high IQ!

Benefits for You 

Breastfeeding your baby can help you lose your pregnancy weight. It can help your uterus return to its normal size from the release of Oxytocin. It can also save your family money since you will not have to purchase formula, bottles, and other supplies. When you breastfeed exclusively, your menstrual cycle will be delayed for 6-8 months because you are not ovulating.

We hope this post helps you in your decision and understand a few of the benefits that breastfeeding can give to you and your baby. Keep doing your research, and remember that whatever choice you make will be the best for your little one and you.

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