Breastfeeding: Best For Baby. Best For Mom

All new moms want to provide the best care for their newborn. Breastfeeding is not the only way to feed the baby, but if the mother is successful, the experience is rewarding. These facts explain the benefits of breastfeeding for both the mother and baby. Health managers may use this information to educate expecting mothers about breastfeeding.

Why Should You Breastfeed Your Baby?

Best for Baby

A mother's milk has just the right amount of fat, sugar, water, and protein that is needed for a baby's growth and development. Most babies find it easier to digest breast milk than they do formula. Breast milk has agents (called antibodies) in it to help protect infants from bacteria and viruses and to help them fight off infection and disease. Human milk straight from the breast is always sterile.

Best for Mom

Breastfeeding saves times and money. You do not have to purchase, measure, and mix formula, and there are no bottles to warm in the middle of the night. Breastfeeding also helps a mother bond with her baby. Physical contact is important to newborns and can help them feel more secure, warm, and comforted. Nursing uses up extra calories, making it easier to lose the pounds gained from pregnancy. It also helps the uterus to get back to its original size more quickly and lessens any bleeding a woman may have after giving birth. Breastfeeding also may lower the risk of breast and ovarian cancers. More details on benefits for mom and baby.