WHO | 10 Facts on Breastfeeding

1 August, 2013

10 Facts on Breastfeeding

A mother breastfeeding a child
WHO/Chau Doan

Benefits for mothers

Breastfeeding also benefits mothers. Exclusive breastfeeding is associated with a natural (though not fail-safe) method of birth control (98% protection in the first six months after birth). It reduces risks of breast and ovarian cancer later in life, helps women return to their pre-pregnancy weight faster, and lowers rates of obesity.