Breastfeeding Benefits for Your Baby and You

Posted Mar 18, 2013 | Posted in Health & Wellness

There are many breastfeeding benefits for both moms and babies.  Besides the obvious time and money that you can save by breastfeeding instead of using formula, there are countless health benefits associated with breastfeeding. Many breastfeeding benefits affect the mother and child immediately, but some benefits also last throughout both of their lives.

Breastfeeding Your Child


Breastfeeding Benefits for Your Baby

Reduced risk of…

  • Stomach viruses, lower respiratory illnesses, ear infections, and meningitis as a baby
  • Certain childhood cancers
  • Diabetes, high cholesterol, and inflammatory bowel disease in adulthood
  • Developing allergies
  • SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
  • Obesity


  • Cognitive development
  • Emotional development
  • Weight gain
  • Immune system

Breastfeeding Benefits for You

Reduced risk of…

  • Postpartum depression
  • Stress
  • Breast and ovarian cancer
  • Uterine bleeding after birth
  • Osteoporosis


  • Weight loss after birth
  • Relaxation
  • Emotional bond with your baby

Amber Newcomb, lactation consultant at the Johnston Health Women’s Pavilion, talks about breastfeeding benefits:

Learn about Johnston Health’s Breastfeeding Class.

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