The following list highlights some of the key benefits for your breastfed baby:

  • helps protect against gastrointestinal problems
  • helps protect against urinary tract infections
  • helps protect against anemia
  • may lower risk of obesity in later life
  • helps protect against respiratory problems
  • may protect against childhood leukemia
  • helps protect against ear infections
  • helps protect against developing allergies
  • may boost intelligence
  • may protect against developing type 1 diabetes
  • may protect preemies from infections and high blood pressure later in life
  • may lower the risk of SIDS
  • breastfed babies have lower rates of hospital admissions
  • breastfed babies have lower rates of diarrhea
  • breastfed babies are less likely to develop rashes

This is an interesting Benefit by Age summary.

Breastfeeding Committee for Canada

Le Leche League