Checklist: The Benefits of Breast Milk

Need a reason to start pumping?

Touted as the perfect food, breast milk:

___ Provides essential nutrients in the correct proportions

___ Contains immunity-boosting antibodies

___ Causes less vomiting than formula

___ Protects against diarrhea and ear infections

___ Prevents allergies

___ Has a form of protein that is more easily digested by the newborn

___ Acts as an antibacterial agent

Excerpted from the Ages & Stages weekly prenatal newsletter, Week 33.

Originally published on, September 2005.

All content here, including advice from doctors and other health professionals, should be considered as opinion only. Always seek the direct advice of your own doctor in connection with any questions or issues you may have regarding your own health or the health of others.

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