While breast milk has many benefits, the act of breastfeeding itself is also beneficial to both the mother and baby. In addition to enhancing the emotional bond between a mother and her baby, breastfeeding naturally requires physical touch, which is important for an infant’s development.
Another benefit of breastfeeding is that a breastfeeding mother’s milk supply adjusts to the baby’s needs. Once lactation is established, the more often a baby nurses, the more milk the mother will produce as a milk-drained breast will encourage more milk production than a full one. This helps to ensure that a baby’s nutritional needs get met.