There are benefits to breastfeeding for both mom and baby. Breast milk contains the perfect mixture of nutrition that babies need to grow and be healthy.One of the things that separates breast milk from formula is that it contains antibodies that help your baby to fight off bacteria and viruses. Because of these antibodies, babies who are breastfed experience less diarrhea, fewer ear infections, and fewer respiratory illnesses. Breastfeeding also has an impact later on in life. Breastfeeding has been associated with higher IQ scores and lower risks of diabetes, cancer, and obesity. Breastfeeding also has many benefits for mothers. Breastfeeding burns calories so it can help you lose weight faster. Breastfeeding lowers a woman’s risk of developing ovarian and breast cancer. Breastfeeding also helps to reduce uterine bleeding because it releases oxytocin which causes your uterus to shrink back to it’s normal size.