Breastfeeding - Why Do It?

Mothers have been breastfeeding their babies for millennia. It's the biologically natural way for mammals to feed their babies, after all! And although breastfeeding does sometimes present challenges, you and your baby are both made to breastfeed.

Breast milk is universally considered the perfect food for infants—and the only food a baby needs for the first 6 months of life. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) cite important health benefits for both infant and mother in exclusive breastfeeding during that time.

Breast milk itself is a pretty magical substance. Not only is it a complete food for a baby through the age of 6 months, but it also has a host of healthy properties. It is antimicrobial, immune-boosting and more.

Did you know that researchers have hypothesized that breast milk may even change itself to meet the needs of a baby who is sick or going through a growth spurt?

Breastfeeding is also such a powerful way to bond with your baby. Of course, bottle-fed infants and moms bond, too. So don’t worry if you stop breastfeeding during infancy. Still, you’ll find that the amazing closeness and cuddles of breastfeeding are extremely beneficial for both you and your baby.

Breastfeeding is something only you can give to your child—and that, in its own way, can feel very special and empowering for mothers.

See also ...

•  The benefits of breastfeeding

•  How breastfeeding saves you money

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