Infant formulas have improved, but there’s no beating the real thing. Find out why breastfeeding is still the best way to feed a baby

Breastfeeding is as old as humanity, but researchers are still discovering new, amazing benefits for both mother and baby.

The latest research has found that not unsurprisingly, a mother’s milk is tailor-made for her baby needs. And when a baby is a breastfed shortly after being born, hormones are stimulated to regulate the release of milk and aid bonding.

A mother’s milk contains antibodies that help protect the baby from illness.

According to Stephanie Lucke, from the ‘Becoming Breastfeeding Friendly’ Research Project, a baby who has been breastfed exclusively, even for just three months, has half as many middle ear infections compared to a baby who hasn’t been breastfed.

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5 Benefits of breastfeeding – for moms and babies

Breastfeeding also provides health benefits for mothers, from helping a woman’s womb shrink after childbirth to reducing breast cancer and ovarian cancer risks.

To learn more about the latest research on breastfeeding, watch the featured video.