Monday Health Minute | Published August 6, 2012

Benefits of breastfeeding – World Breastfeeding Week

Breastfeeding is the best way to give newborns the nutrients they need. August 1 - 7 marks the celebration of World Breastfeeding Week, which encourages breastfeeding and seeks to improve the health of newborns worldwide. When making decisions about breastfeeding, consider the following benefits:

  • Breast milk provides the ideal nutrition for infants, offering the perfect mix of vitamins, protein and fat
  • Breast milk is easier to digest than formula
  • Antibodies found in breast milk help protect newborns from viruses and bacteria
  • Breastfeeding reduces the risk of developing asthma, allergies, diabetes and cancer
  • Breastfed babies have fewer ear infections, respiratory illness, diarrhea, hospitalizations and trips to the doctor
  • Breastfeeding helps lower the incidence of sudden infant death syndrome and obesity, research shows

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