Breastfeeding has a number of health benefits for you and your child. Not only does breastfeeding help strengthen bonding, but breastmilk also offers your baby with the unique balance of nutrients their body needs for healthy development.
Studies have shown that exclusive breastfeeding helps to support baby’s healthy growth, lowers their risk of obesity and other health problems, and helps strengthen baby’s immune system. Most importantly, breastfeeding helps to reduce baby’s risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS.) You can reap the benefits of breastfeeding too, with lowered risk of type 2 diabetes, and certain types of breast and ovarian cancers.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding until a child is at least 6 months of age.