The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies be breastfed for at least one year. There are several advantages for both you and your baby when you choose to breastfeed. Breast milk is made especially for your baby so it’s easily digested and has just the right amount of nutrients that he needs. It also passes on immunities that can prevent your baby from getting sick. Some studies suggest that breastfed babies develop fewer allergies. And, of course, breastfeeding is convenient and inexpensive.
Breastfeeding can be good for you as well. You may lose weight quicker and your uterus should return to its normal size faster. There’s a decreased chance that you’ll develop breast cancer later in life if you breastfeed your baby.