Breast milk

Breastfeeding helps your baby in many ways, according to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development:

  • Breast milk contains the right balance of nutrients for your newborn.

  • Breast milk is available on demand; your baby doesn’t have to wait for you to warm a bottle or mix up formula.

  • Breast milk helps protect your baby against common childhood illnesses and infections, including diarrhea and ear infections.

  • Breast milk contains certain fatty acids that help your baby’s brain develop.