Consider feeding your baby with breast milk only – no formula – for at least the first six months of life. Longer is better. Breastfeeding is 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 or die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
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 may make it easier to lose extra pounds gained during pregnancy
- Breastfeeding lowers your risk of breast cancer
- You, or someone else, can give your baby breast milk while you are away. Breastfeeding doesn’t have to tie you down.
For more information, check out Frequently Asked Questions about Breastfeeding on this website.