Whether nursed or bottle fed, babies who receive breast milk experience many health benefits. While infant formula is a feeding option, breast milk is typically more easily digested than formula and has antibodies that protect babies from certain infections and boost their immune system development. As a result, breast fed babies are at a lower risk for developing respiratory infections, asthma, ear infections, rashes and allergies.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children who are breastfed for more than six months are less likely to develop childhood acute leukemia and lymphoma then those who are not. Breastfed babies also have a lower risk of SIDS when compared to those who are not.