Benefits of Breastfeeding for Your Baby

1. It provides nutrition for baby

Breast milk provides the ideal nutrition for infants. It has a nearly perfect mix of vitamins, protein, and fat that’s everything your baby needs to grow. And it’s all provided in a form more easily digested than infant formula.

2. Breast milk lowers risk of illnesses

Breastmilk contains antibodies that help your baby fight off viruses and bacteria. Breastfeeding lowers your baby’s risk of having asthma or allergies.


Plus, babies who are breastfed exclusively for the first 6 months, without any formula, have fewer ear infections, respiratory illnesses, and bouts of diarrhea.

3. Children who are breastfed have higher IQs

Breastfeeding has been linked to higher IQ scores in later childhood in some studies.

 Breastfeeding Benefits for the Mother

4. Helps mothers lose pregnancy weight faster

Breastfeeding burns extra calories, so it can help you lose pregnancy weight faster. It releases the hormone oxytocin, which helps your uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size and may reduce uterine bleeding after birth.

5. Lowers the risk of breast cancer

Breastfeeding also lowers your risk of breast and ovarian cancer. It may lower your risk of osteoporosis, too.

6. Helps you save money

Since you don’t have to buy and measure formula, sterilize nipples, or warm bottles, it saves you time and money.

7. Helps to strengthen the bond between mother and child

It also gives you regular time to relax quietly with your baby thereby establishing a bond. Also, the physical closeness, skin-to-skin touching, and eye contact all help your baby bond with you and feel secure.