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Health Tip: Breast-feeding is Best

It helps ward off disease in baby, helps mom lose weight

(HealthDayNews) -- A mother's milk has just the right amounts of fat, sugar, water and protein needed for a baby's growth and development, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Most babies find it easier to digest breast milk than formula. Breast milk also includes antibodies to help protect infants from bacteria and viruses.

And breast-feeding helps a mother bond with her baby. In addition, nursing uses up extra calories, making it easier to lose the pounds gained from pregnancy.

If possible, the U.S. Surgeon General recommends that babies be fed with breast milk only for the first six months of life.

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