The Benefits of Breastfeeding

Posted: August 2020

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends breastfeeding for the first six (6) months of life, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two (2) years of age or beyond.

  • Breast milk provides infants with the nutrients they need for healthy growth and development.
  • Breastfed children are less susceptible to chronic and infectious diseases.
  • Breastfeeding promotes cognitive development in children.

Breast milk contains:

  • Antioxidants
  • Enzymes
  • Antibodies

Breastfeeding reduces the baby’s risk of:

  • Obesity
  • Asthma
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes (type 2)

Breastfeeding reduces the mother’s risk of:

  • Breast and ovarian cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Obesity
  • Osteoporosis

The more you breastfeed, the greater the benefits.

Source: The World Health Organization (WHO)


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