Both babies and mothers gain many benefits from breastfeeding. Breast milk is easy to digest and contains antibodies that can protect infants from bacterial and viral infections.
Leading health organization, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of a baby’s life, and continued breastfeeding until 12 months in addition to other food.
Learn more about the health benefits of breastfeeding:
Office of Women’s Health: Breastfeeding resources: Your Guide to Breastfeeding magazine and YouTube videos on a variety of breastfeeding topics.