Breastfeeding is a wonderful way to feed and bond with your baby and can provide many benefits. Research shows that breast milk contains the perfect balance of vitamins, protein and fat that your baby needs to grow. Breast milk contains antibodies that help your baby’s immune system to fight off viruses and bacteria. Being breastfed decreases the risk of common and life-threatening infections, asthma and allergies in the first year, and can also reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for six months, followed by continued breastfeeding as solid foods are introduced, with continuation of breastfeeding for one year or longer as desired by mom and baby.