Breastfeeding is a natural and beautiful way of feeding that is beneficial for both mom and baby. Breast milk contains antibodies, disease-fighting cells, that aid in protection against illnesses, germs, and even SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Breast feeding has also been proven to lower the risk of various health problems including:
- Ear Infections
- Respiratory Infections
- Stomach Viruses
- Childhood Leukemia
In moms, breastfeeding is linked to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and postpartum depression.
Breastfeeding also decreases the risk of allergies as well as dental caries. The act of breastfeeding aids in the overall facial development and appropriate development of the jaw, teeth, and speech. This results in fewer speech problems and malocclusion, the misalignment of teeth.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life, complementary foods and breastfeeding until 12 months of life, and continuing for as long as mother and baby desire.