Your baby's first year is full of rapid growth and development, which require adequate amounts of calories and nutrients. One of the first decisions parents have to make about their new child's nutrition is whether to breastfeed or bottle feed. If you decide to breastfeed, these tips and suggestions will help make this bonding experience easier on you and your baby.
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Benefits to Baby
Breast milk supplies the perfect amount of fatty acids, lactose, water, and amino acids for your baby's growth, digestion, and brain development. Here are a few more reasons why breastfeeding is best for baby:
- The antibodies in breast milk protect infants from bacteria and viruses, helping to fight off infection and diseases.
- Breastfeeding can protect your baby from developing allergies, and reduces the risk of SIDS.
- Breastfeeding can protect your baby against obesity and unnecessary weight gain in the future.
- The exercise of suckling on the breast promotes good jaw development and encourages the growth of strong, healthy teeth.
- Breastfeeding also has psychological benefits for your baby. Breastfed babies know the smell of their mother and her milk. Breastfeeding is a great time for attachment and bonding between baby and mother.
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