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  • Breastfeeding your baby videos

    These instructional videos are available in English, Arabic, Hmong, Russian, Somali and Spanish.

    Read the transcript for each translation below.

    expand to learn moreEnglish: Breastfeeding your baby

    expand to learn moreHmong: Pub niam mis rau koj tus

    expand to learn moreSomali: Naas-nuujinta ilmahaaga

    expand to learn moreSpanish: Amamantar a tu bebé

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  • Benefits of breastfeeding

    Breastmilk is the perfect food for your baby. It has nutrients that are not found in formula. Breastmilk doesn't stain clothing and it produces less-smelly diapers than formula.

    There are many benefits of breastfeeding:

    • convenience: you do not need to prepare
    • financial: your family can save up to $3,000 a year in formula costs
    • health: in general, breastfeeding babies are healthier than babies who formula feed
    • environmental: there is no clean-up or waste
    • emotional: breastfeeding provides security, comfort and bonding

    Did you know?

    The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends:

    • exclusive breastfeeding for about the first six months of a baby's life
    • breastfeeding and the introduction of foods until at least 12 months of life
    • continued breastfeeding for as long as the mother and baby want

    Benefits for your baby

    Breastfed babies are known to:

    • have healthier immune systems
    • be less likely to have ear infections, diarrhea, pneumonia, bronchitis, influenza and meningitis
    • have decreased response to allergens
    • have a lower risk for diseases such as diabetes, childhood cancer and asthma
    • have a lower risk for SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome)
    • be less likely to be overweight or obese
    • have fewer doctors' visits and hospital stays

    Any amount of breastmilk gives your baby's immune system positive effects, both short- and long-term.

    Breastmilk changes as your baby develops, making it the perfect food for growth and development. It is the only food your baby needs for the first six months.

    Benefits for you

    For you, breastfeeding:

    • helps your uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size
    • helps reduce bleeding after birth
    • will lower your risk of breast and ovarian cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes, heart disease, anemia and urinary tract infections
    • helps you lose weight
    • releases hormones that help you relax and enjoy your baby


    Lactation consultants are available to help with breastfeeding concerns.

    You may see one during your hospital stay, or you can make an appointment for a clinic visit with them after your baby is born. Your insurance may provide coverage on this visit.

    Visit the resources page to learn more.

    You and your baby are partners in breastfeeding. You both are learning together. It is normal if it takes a while for you to feel comfortable with breastfeeding.

    Your baby may nurse well right from the start. Or, your baby may need more practice before breastfeeding is well established. That means being a little more patient and making sure you use your resources to help you until things are going well.

  • Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Guide for the Care of Children: Ages Birth to 5 Years Old, fifth edition. To avoid awkward sentences, instead of referring to your child as "he/she" or "him/her," this guide will alternate between "he" or she" and "him" or "her."
    Reviewed by: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts, including the Pediatric Department of Allina Health Coon Rapids Clinic
    First published: 02/01/2010
    Last reviewed: 01/01/2016