AdobeStock 269996987Breast milk is best for your baby, and the benefits of breastfeeding extend well beyond basic nutrition. In addition to containing all the vitamins and nutrients your baby needs in the first six months of life, breast milk is packed with disease-fighting substances that protect your baby from illness.

If you are still unsure about whether breastfeeding is right for you and your baby, here are some benefits to help you decide:

  • Breast milk provides the best possible balanced nutrition to meet your baby’s growing needs.
  • Breast milk contains antibodies to protect your newborn from most bacterial and viral infections.
  • Breast milk is convenient, economical and just the right temperature for your baby.
  • Breast milk reduces the risk of childhood diseases such as asthma, ear infections and diabetes.
  • As a group, breastfed babies are sick less often and less severely than their formula-fed counterparts and are less likely to become obese as adults.
  • Breastfeeding helps your baby’s tooth and jaw development and reduces tooth decay.
  • Women who breastfeed burn extra calories and reduce their risks of developing ovarian cancer, premenopausal breast cancer, osteoporosis and anemia.
  • Breastfeeding causes the uterus to return to normal size faster.

Online Breastfeeding Support has a wealth of evidenced based information related to breastfeeding. has a map of support groups in the Chicago area. has information for moms who want to continue breastfeeding after returning to work. has information for moms who have had breast and / or nipple surgery and want to breastfeed is the Newman Breastfeeding Clinic and Institute with information and videos.  Human milk banking Low milk supply – WHO – World Health Organization Biological Nurturing and Laid Back Breastfeeding – La Leche League International