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Why is breast milk good for babies?

Why is breast milk good for babies?

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:

  • More bonding
  • Better Brains
  • Less diarrhea
  • Fewer infections
  • 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.

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