What are the benefits of breastfeeding for my baby?
Children who breastfeed have, on average: a lowered risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS); better digestion; a lowered risk of inflammatory bowel disease; increased protection from gastroenteritis; less diarrhea; fewer allergies in later life; reduced rates of asthma; a lowered risk of diabetes; a lowered risk of childhood cancers, including leukemia and lymphoma; fewer ear and chest infections; fewer urinary tract infections (UTIs); higher intelligence, and; less likelihood of obesity in later life. These benefits 'increase by dose' - any amount of breastfeeding is beneficial and more is better.
Author: Idan Ben-Barak
First answered: 27 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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