- Build immunities.
Breast milk decreases the incidence and/or severity of many infectious diseases.
- Lose weight.
Breastfeeding burns an average of 500 calories a day, so the pounds melt away faster than that pint of Ben & Jerry’s you’re enjoying.
- Bond with baby.
Bonding over a bottle works too, especially for daddy, but the intimacy of nursing is unequaled.
- Reduce risk of SIDS.
Post-neonatal mortality rates in the United States are 21 percent lower in breastfed infants.
- Fight cancer.
Breastfeeding decreases your risk of breast and ovarian cancers. Mothers who breastfeed also have a reduced risk of osteoporosis later in life.
- Save money.
Formula costs around $150 per month, so start a college savings plan for your little one (or buy a new dress!) with the money you save by breastfeeding.
- Keep it simple.
No bottles and no warmer necessary means you’re ready to feed your baby any time, any place. (If you’re concerned about privacy, consider a nursing cover.)
- Start smart.
Studies propose breastfed infants have higher IQs.
- Save time.
Who wants to wash bottles when you could be playing with your newborn or taking a nap?
- Play it safe.
Research is continually revealing more benefits of breastfeeding. Recent studies suggest breastfed babies may have less risk of obesity and lower cholesterol levels as adults.
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The top 10 benefits of breastfeeding
All the breast parts of breastfeeding.
By Emily Lovely