Susan K. SChulman MD Author of "Understanding Your Child's Health", explains the benefits of breastfeeding in the first months of a baby's life.
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The Benefits of Breastfeeding your Baby In early infancy, the first milk that comes in colostrums—when your baby ejects colostrums, they’re protected in their immune system. They’re actually protective from infection for the first three months of life. And that protection continues to be carried on throughout the whole experience of breastfeeding. But in the first three months of life, when the baby has an immune deficiency just from being a baby, they gain a life from the extra immunity that they get for the breast milk. Babies also gain and grow beautifully on breast milk because the milk is actually designed just for them. It has the right amount of fat that has the right amount of protein and it has a right amount of salts. It is perfect milk for a baby. The formula companies are still trying to imitate breast milk but they never really had any success. The real milk is breast milk.