The Health Benefits of Breastfeeding
Babies who breastfeed tend to be significantly healthier, experiencing fewer ear infections, colds, and digestive problems. When you breastfeed, not only are you giving your infant healthy nutrition but your body is also sharing disease-fighting antibodies. Your immune system passes on years of illness-fighting information to your baby through your breast milk, and this is something that simply cannot be replicated by formula. These benefits go far beyond baby’s first years and last through childhood, possibly even longer.
In addition, breastfeeding also makes mom healthier. The act of breastfeeding sends chemical signals that tell your body to return to pre-pregnancy mode. Breastfeeding shrinks the uterus, burns calories (woohoo!), and reduces the risk of breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.