According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), breast milk provides a baby with ideal nutrition and also supports the baby’s growth and development. Breastfeeding can also help protect baby and mom against certain illnesses and diseases.

Five benefits of breastfeeding for babies.

  1. As the baby grows, the mother’s breast milk will change to meet her baby’s nutritional needs.
  2. Breastfeeding can help protect babies against some short- and long-term illnesses and diseases.
  3. Breastfed babies have a lower risk of asthma, obesity, type 1 diabetes, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
  4. Breastfed babies are also less likely to have ear infections and stomach bugs.
  5. Breast milk shares antibodies from the mother with her baby, which helps babies develop a strong immune system and protects them from illnesses.

Benefits for babies and moms.

  1. Mothers can breastfeed anytime and anywhere.
  2. Mothers can feed their babies on the go without worrying about having to mix formula or prepare bottles.
  3. When traveling, breastfeeding can also provide a source of comfort for babies whose normal routine is disrupted.
  4. Breastfeeding can reduce the mother’s risk of breast and ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure.
  5. Some cancers, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure are less common among women who breastfeed.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for about six months, and then continuing breastfeeding while introducing complementary foods until a child is 12 months old or older. Learn more at