According to sources such as EatRight Ontario, breastfeeding is the best choice for your infant and it can benefit them in many ways.
Breast milk is designed by your body specifically for your baby, meaning it contains the perfect amount of protein, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins, and minerals that your baby needs. It also develops with your child. As your infant grows, breast milk changes to keep up with your infant’s needs.
Breast milk has plenty of benefits to a developing child.
It helps early brain development by providing a source of omega-3 fats that are important for the first two years of a child’s life. It is also the easiest on a baby’s digestive system because it is suited to a child’s needs. The antibodies in breast milk actually give an infant’s immune system a boost and protect them against digestive, respiratory, and ear infections. In the same vein, breast milk also prevents disease in later life. It protects against obesity in teens and young adults, while also lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol, as well as lowering the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
Breastfeeding is not always possible for everyone, depending on lifestyle, comfort, and medical considerations. Talk to your doctor if you have concerns about breastfeeding and making a healthy alternative choice when choosing formula.