Breastfeeding has many health benefits for both mothers and their babies because it provides them with the essential nutrients and nourishment they need for growth and development. Research also “suggests that breastfeeding lowers your baby’s risk of certain diseases and helps build a strong immune system.” August is also breastfeeding awareness month, so we wanted to share some of the top benefits of breastfeeding.

Emotional Benefits

Breastfeeding is more than just giving your baby food. Dr. Lum Frundi, a board-certified pediatrician who founded Generational Wellbeing states that “the physical contact between mom and baby provides warmth and creates a bond between mother and child.” When a mother breastfeeds, she releases a hormone called oxytocin, which creates feelings of love and attachment. Regular skin-to-skin contact during breastfeeding can also promote your baby's cognitive, social, and emotional development. It's an intimate experience that allows the mother to bond with her baby and establish a strong emotional connection.

Health Benefits

Breastfeeding doesn't just provide nutrition but also strengthens your baby’s immune system. It contains antibodies that are vital for the baby's immune system. Breastfeeding also ensures that a baby receives the necessary passive immunity to reduce their risk of developing infections and diseases. Not only is breastfeeding beneficial for your baby, but Dr. Frundi says it's also helpful for the mother to “help her uterus return to pre-pregnancy size faster and reduce the risk of ovarian and breast cancer.”

Nutritional Benefits

Breast milk is a complete and nutritionally balanced source of food for an infant that helps them develop in the early years. It contains all the essential nutrients that your baby needs, including carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals. Dr. Frundi explains that |It is easy for the baby to digest, and has immune cells that help to decrease the risk of common childhood infections like ear infections, bronchiolitis and common colds, GI tract infections, allergic diseases like asthma and eczema.”

Investing time to learn more about breastfeeding, getting support, and seeking guidance from certified lactation professionals can make all the difference in ensuring a successful breastfeeding journey. To learn more about the benefits of breastfeeding, how often you should do it, and any health obstacles you may encounter, read our interview with Dr. Frundi here.

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