The benefits to infants from either breastfeeding or receiving expressed breast milk are:1,2,3
Indirect evidence suggests that overweight and obesity occur less often among children who were breastfed.4 In addition, research has shown a connection between breastfeeding and better cognitive development in children through school age.5,6,7 More research is needed to understand whether these cognitive effects are from the chemical contents of the human milk or from other factors, such as the increased interaction between the mother and child while nursing.
Mothers also benefit from breastfeeding in many ways, including:8,9,10
In the United States, breastfeeding also results in economic savings.11,12,13
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