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Benefits of Breastfeeding

There are many benefits of breastfeeding. The American Academy of Pediatrics, along with the World Health Organization, recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life as scientific evidence shows breast milk provides all the nutrients needed for proper growth and development for most babies.

During the first year of life, breast milk continues to provide your baby with nutrition, disease protection, and comfort while you slowly introduce solid foods. Breast milk is healthier than any other food or drink. Many mothers choose to continue breastfeeding beyond the first year. Research shows additional long-term benefits are received the longer a baby is breastfed.

Benefits for baby:

  • Easily digested
  • Perfectly matched nutrition
  • Protection against disease
  • Fewer allergies
  • Protection against obesity
  • Higher IQ scores

Breast milk may protect against many health problems:

  • Asthma
  • Bacterial meningitis
  • Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes
  • Diarrhea
  • Hodgkin’s disease
  • Inner ear infections
  • Stomach and intestinal problems
  • Infection in preterm infants
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma
  • Respiratory tract infections
  • SIDS
  • Urinary tract infections

Mothers and families also benefit from breastfeeding.

Breast milk is always available and just the right temperature. Your baby won’t have to wait! Decreased costs on the family budget are another great benefit of breastfeeding. Expenses associated with a newborn can add up quickly. You can produce the most nutritious food for your baby for free!

Benefits for Mothers and Families:

  • Convenient
  • Economical
  • Helps uterus to return to its normal size and decrease bleeding
  • Reduced risk of Type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Reduced incidence of breast and ovarian cancers
  • Lowered risk of maternal postpartum depression
  • Helps moms to return to their pre-pregnancy weight
  • Contributes to a very special and loving relationship
  • A beautiful and intimate way for a mother to bond with her baby
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