Breastfeeding Benefits

ANSWER: “The benefits for breastfeeding have been shown in research. There’s benefits for both mother and infant, and these benefits are available over the course of the lifetime. They last over the course of the lifetime, not just during the breastfeeding experience. Benefits for infants include decreased risk of asthma, allergies gut diseases, type one and type two diabetes, as well as decreased risk of obesity. Benefits for mom are seen when mothers breastfeed for a duration of 12 months (that’s when we really start seeing these benefits in mother’s health over the course of her lifetime). These benefits include decreased risk of hypertension, high cholesterol, decreased risk of type two diabetes, osteoporosis, as well as decreased risk of breast and ovarian cancers.”