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Health Tip: Why Breast-Feed?

How it may benefit baby and mom

(HealthDay News) -- Whether to breast-feed is a personal choice that new mothers should consider carefully.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers this list of potential breast-feeding benefits to both baby and mother:

  • Breast milk is the most complete source of nutrition for babies. Many babies digest breast milk more easily than formula.
  • Some studies show that babies who are breast-fed may develop better.
  • Breast-feeding can help new moms to lose baby weight, as it burns calories.
  • Studies have shown that women who breast-fed their children may have a reduced risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer, as well as bone problems later in life, such as osteoporosis.
  • Breast-feeding can help new mothers and their babies bond.
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