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Breastfeeding: What Is It Good For?

Breastfeeding provides optimal support for brain and body development

In honor of Breastfeeding Month, here are some key things you should know about breastfeeding--its benefits to moms and babies:

For moms: Without traumatic history, breastfeeding is pleasurable (humans would have died off if it were not). And it protects mom’s health (e.g., decreases chances of breast cancer and Alzheimer's).

For babies, it’s not just “food.” It has thousands of ingredients vital for optimal health that contribute to building the immune system and brain systems for higher intelligence and sociality.

Here is a beautifully-written new book that gives the inside story, Sage Breastfeeding & Beyond, by Rachel Rainbolt:

Here are posts on specific breastfeeding issues that include lots of data and references:

It’s Breastfeeding Week: Why should you care?

Darcia Narvaez is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame and Executive Editor of the Journal of Moral Education.

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