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NAN: Additional Benefits of Breastfeeding

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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.

Michelle LaRoweNAN: Additional Benefits of Breastfeeding