It is rich in nutrients and antibodies for healthy development.

It is easier for the baby to digest.

Reduces the risk of sudden death.

Strengthens the immune system.

Reduces the risk of asthma and allergies.

Protects against infections.

Physical contact offers greater security to the baby.




Contributes to the mother’s health and recovery after delivery.

Reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes, certain types of breast and ovarian cancer in the mother.

Facilitates the recovery of the weight prior to pregnancy.

It allows the uterus to regain its original size faster.

Reduces postpartum bleeding.

It helps prevent against hypertension, osteoporosis and heart attacks.

Strengthens the bond between mother and child.



By: Tania Mangual-Monzón, MS


Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

World Health Organization