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When it comes to nourishing your little one, no formula can compare to breastfeeding your baby. Mother's milk contains important elements that aren't available anywhere else, such as antibodies and hormones that naturally assist with healthy development.
Among its many advantages, here are the top three reasons for breastfeeding your baby:
- Stronger immunity: Compared to babies who recieve formula, breastfed babies are less likely to develop common illnesses like diarrhea and ear infections. They also have a reduced risk for more serious conditions that could impact them during childhood, such as asthma, leukemia and obesity.
- Varied palate: According to the Nemours Foundation, a mother’s breast milk changes in flavor depending on the food she eats. These different flavors help babies develop tastes for different foods as they transition to solid nutrition.
- Enhanced brain development: Some research suggests that babies who breastfeed are more likely to have higher IQs.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding babies exclusively during their first six months. After that, it should continue for six more months as you introduce age-appropriate foods.