Breast milk has been and always will be best for babies. Breast milk provides health benefits for your baby. In addition to getting nutrients from breast milk, breast milk contains substances that help protect babies from life threatening diseases. Babies can be healthy just drinking breast milk the first year of their life. When a baby is first born the mother’s breast produces a substance called colostrum. This substance cannot be replicated in formula.
The baby drinks colostrum until the mother’s milk comes in, which is usually two to three days after giving birth. A mother’s breast milk is specifically made for her baby. Breast milk has even been shown to reduce the risk of certain childhood cancers. Babies who are fed formula are more prone to develop allergies. Many women choose to breastfeed because of the benefits breast milk provides. Once the baby learns how to feed the mother usually feels comfortable breastfeeding her baby at home, however some women are not comfortable breastfeeding in public.