Breastfeeding Benefits

Breastfeeding has numerous benefits for babies and mothers. Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears lists some of the many benefits of breast milk for a baby.

• Improves baby's IQ.
• Boosts the baby's immune system.
• Promotes healthy teeth.
• Lowers your baby's risk of developing diabetes, obesity, heart disease, asthma, allergies, pneumonia, respiratory infections and ear infections.
• Increases the mother's bondi with her child.
• Burns 300 to 500 calories per day.

“Breastfeeding definitely can help you lose weight really quickly,” OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson adds. “After a while, it sort of evens out for everybody, but because it starts to break down that fat really fast, breastfeeding does help accelerate the weight loss.”

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