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Breast milk provides the ideal nutrition for infants

Breast milk has a nearly perfect mix of vitamins, protein, and fat — everything that the baby needs to grow. Provided in a form more easily digested than infant formula, breast milk contains antibodies that help the baby fight off viruses and bacteria. Breastfeeding lowers the 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.
Some studies revealed that breastfeeding has been linked to higher IQ scores in later childhood. What’s more, the physical closeness, skin-to-skin touching, and eye contact all help the baby bonds with his mother and feels secure. Breastfed infants are more likely to gain the right amount of weight as they grow rather than become overweight children. The AAP says breastfeeding also plays a role in the prevention of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).
For the mother, breastfeeding burns extra calories, so it can help her lose pregnancy weight faster. It releases the hormone oxytocin, which helps her uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size and may reduce uterine bleeding after birth. Breastfeeding also lowers the risk of breast and ovarian cancer and osteoporosis.
Breastfeeding saves the mother time and money since she does not have to buy and measure formula, sterilize nipples, or warm bottles thereby giving her regular time to relax quietly while bonding with her baby. (Source: FNRI-DOST)

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