6 Benefits of Breastfeeding

Sunday, November 25, 2012

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Breastfeeding is good for your baby and good for you. Here are just six of the reasons why:

  1. Gives your baby nutrients and antibodies (cells that fight infection) to help him or her grow and develop.

  2. Protects your baby from illnesses such as ear infections and diarrhea.

  3. Lowers your baby’s chance of diabetes, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), obesity, asthma, and other health problems.

  4. Lowers your chance of diabetes, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and depression.

  5. May help you form a special bond with your baby.

  6. May help you lose weight during the first year after your baby is born.

You can still breastfeed if you smoke.

It’s your choice whether you want to quit smoking. If you do smoke while breastfeeding, try not to smoke in the house or car. Try not to smoke while you’re feeding your baby. He or she may inhale smoke or get burned by the cigarette.

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