BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – August is National Breastfeeding Month and Baton Rouge General (BRG) says there are benefits of breastfeeding starting from day one.

BRG says that when a mother first starts breastfeeding, her uterus begins to contract and recover from giving birth. Feeding breastmilk to a baby for one month helps their little bodies prevent digestive, food, and respiratory issues. It also helps later in life with chest infections.

Two months of breastfeeding gives babies a reduced risk of food allergies until they are three years old, according to BRG. BRG says nursing for as long as four months lowers a mother’s postpartum depression. It also helps a baby’s body reduce the risk of developing long-term asthma and childhood type 1 diabetes.

Mothers who breastfeed for six months can help their lower their baby’s risk for ear infections. Mothers also have a lower risk of getting breast or uterine cancer. By month nine, babies become more independent but breastmilk still provides them with energy.

BRG says breastfeeding for one year reduces a baby’s lifelong risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and other chronic diseases.