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Why would I want to breastfeed my child?

I’m still deciding on whether to breastfeed my baby. It seems more time consuming to me. Why would I want to?

Sue Harmon | Other-provider

Sue Harmon

There's nothing like breastfeeding to put kids on the path to good health. There are multiple benefits of breastfeeding for babies, including lower risk for ear and respiratory infections, allergic skin disorders, intestinal infections, type 2 diabetes, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

But the benefits of breastfeeding extend beyond the time of infancy. Research shows that children who were breastfed are less likely to be overweight adolescents than children formula-fed as infants. And, the longer a baby is breastfed, the odds for being an overweight child decrease even more.

Benefits for breastfeeding moms include decreased risk of breast and ovarian cancer and type 2 diabetes. Breastfeeding also helps you lose the pounds you put on during pregnancy.

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