6 Benefits of breastfeeding

September 04, 2013 12:00 AM by

Bennies of the Breast

Sure, you’ve heard that breast is best, but here are some interesting facts about how and why nursing is so nifty.

Breastfeeding can make your baby smarter, according to 2002 research that tracked children from babyhood into their teens.

Breastfed babies experience less stress and are less sensitive to pain than babies who aren’t breastfed, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics.

Breastfeeding can improve your baby’s bone density and skeletal structure, according to research published in Osteoporosis International.

Breastfeeding may help protect your baby against obesity in later life.

Breastfeeding can permanently improve your baby’s immune system, according to a study in Breastfeeding Review.

Breastfeeding can protect your baby against asthma and certain allergies.






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Kendra Smith is Pregnancy magazine's editor in chief. Her son was born in December 2011 and she can hardly believe where the time went. In addition to her expertise on this exciting phase in a women's life, she's a big believer in all things green, from cars (she drives a hybrid) to composting (yes, even her son's diapers). As a licensed skin care professional, she also blogs about natural beauty at theskindetective.com.

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