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Consider breastfeeding

Consider feeding your baby with breast milk only - no formula - for at least the first six months of life. It's best for your baby and best for you. Babies who are fed only breast milk for the first six months of life are less likely to develop ear infections or diarrhea. They are also less likely to be hospitalized for asthma and other lung illnesses.

Best for Baby

Breastfeeding is best for your baby because your breast milk has just the right amount of everything your baby needs for growth and development. In addition:

  • Breast milk is easy to digest
  • Breast milk helps infants fight off infection and disease

Best for You

Breastfeeding is best for you because it saves time, is free, and is good for your health. In addition:

  • Breastfeeding helps you bond with your baby
  • Breastfeeding makes it easier to lose extra pounds gained during pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding lowers your risk of breast cancer
  • You can even breastfeed while you are away from your baby. Breastfeeding doesn't have to tie you down. Your baby can have breast milk even when you are away.

For more information, check out the Frequently asked questions about breastfeeding page of this Web site.

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Last updated: April 2013

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