Nursing: Good for babies, and moms

LaShonda Eaddy's got milk.

It might have been easier for the 24-year-old woman to buy formula for her 3-month-old daughter, Jillian, but she knew there were certain health benefits to breastfeeding. Besides, her mother breastfed.


Breastfeeding is the most complete form of nutrition for infants, with a range of benefits for their health, growth, immunity and physical development, according to the

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

. There are even health benefits for the mother.

Research suggests the following breastfeeding benefits:

For Infants:

  • Decreases chances of infectious diseases
  • Decreases mortality rates among infants
  • May improve baby's brain development
  • Provides the right balance of nutrients for healthy development

For Mothers:

  • Reduces risk of breast, uterine and ovarian cancers
  • Lessens osteoporosis
  • Promotes postpartum weight loss
  • Reduces risk of heart disease and diabetes