There are many benefits of breastfeeding. For however long you choose to nurse, your baby’s immune system can benefit greatly from breast milk. The following are just a few of the benefits for a baby and the mother.

For baby

For mother

Because of the benefits of exclusive breastfeeding, UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a baby’s life. This is based on scientific evidence that show benefits for infant survival and proper growth and development. Breast milk provides all the nutrients that an infant needs during the first six months. Exclusive breastfeeding may also reduce infant death caused by common childhood illnesses such as diarrhea and pneumonia and hastens recovery during illness. For special medical situations when a mother’s own milk isn’t available, Emerson now has pasteurized donated breast milk available for supplementation.

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