For the mother, breastfeeding can:
- Help the mother bond with her baby
- Provide a natural and convenient way to feed the baby
- Help the mother lose weight gained during pregnancy
- Reduce the risk of certain types of cancer, such as breast and ovarian cancer
- Help the uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size and shape more quickly
- Delay the return of menstruation and fertility, which may be useful for women who want to space their pregnancies or who do not want to become pregnant again soon after giving birth
For the baby, breastfeeding can:
- Provide all the nutrients the baby needs for the first 6 months of life
- Help protect the baby against infection and illness
- Promote brain development
- Help the baby grow and develop in a healthy way
- Reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
It is important to note that breastfeeding may not be possible or may not be the best choice for every mother and baby.
Some women may not be able to produce enough milk, while others may have medical conditions that make breastfeeding difficult or impossible.
In these cases, it is important to speak with a healthcare provider to determine the best feeding options for the baby.