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
. There are even health benefits for the mother.
Research suggests the following breastfeeding benefits:
- 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
- Reduces risk of breast, uterine and ovarian cancers
- Lessens osteoporosis
- Promotes postpartum weight loss