What Are Some Benefits of Breastfeeding?


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The biggest benefit of breastfeeding is it raises a child's immunity to help protect him or her from diseases that could otherwise overwhelm his immune system. Other benefits include a lower risk of obesity, a lower risk of dying of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and increased cognitive development.

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What Are Some Benefits of Breastfeeding?
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Breastfeeding also has benefits for the mother, including a lower risk of postpartum depression, a lower risk of breast and ovarian cancer, the ability to burn more calories, reduced uterine bleeding and a reduced stress level. Mothers who breastfeed will also save money because they do not have to buy cans of formula.

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