Breastfed babies have a greater sense of taste and smell because breastmilk changes flavor based on the mother’s diet. Just as importantly, your baby thrives emotionally because skin-to-skin contact with mom creates a strong bond and sense of security.
Breastfeeding gives your baby the body-building components that are particularly suited to his health and development. It also benefits as:
Reduced SIDS risk
Benefits of Breastfeeding on your babies immunity:
Middle ear infections:3 or more months of exclusive breastfeeding may reduce the risk by 50%, while any breastfeeding may reduce it by 23%.
Respiratory tract infections: Exclusive breastfeeding for more than 4 months reduces the risk of infections by up to 72%.
Colds and infections: Babies exclusively breastfed for 6 months may have up to a 63% lower risk of getting serious colds and ear or throat infections.
Gut infections: Breastfeeding is linked with a 64% reduction in gut infections.
Intestinal tissue damage: Feeding preterm babies breast milk is linked with around a 60% reduction in the incidence of necrotizing enterocolitis.
Allergic diseases: Exclusive breastfeeding for at least 3–4 months is linked with a 27–42% reduced risk of asthma, atopic dermatitis, and eczema.
Celiac disease: Babies who are breastfed at the time of first gluten exposure have a 52% lower risk of developing celiac disease.
Inflammatory bowel disease: Babies who are breastfed may be roughly 30% less likely to develop childhood inflammatory bowel disease.
Diabetes: Breastfeeding for at least 3 months is linked to a reduced risk of type 1 diabetes (up to 30%) and type 2 diabetes (up to 40%).
Childhood leukemia: Breastfeeding for 6 months or longer is linked with a 15–20% reduction in the risk of childhood leukemia.