Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding

 

HOW DOES BREASTFEEDING BENEFIT MY BABY?

  • Breast milk provides the perfect mix of vitamins, protein, and fat that your baby needs to grow.
  • The colostrum that your breasts make during the first few days after childbirth helps your newborn’s digestive system grow and function.
  • Breast milk has antibodies that help your baby’s immune system fight off viruses and bacteria.
  • Breast milk is easier to digest than formula.
  • Breastfeeding decreases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
  • If your baby is born preterm, breast milk can help reduce the fetal risks associated with preterm labor and delivery.
  • Research shows that breastfed babies have higher IQ scores, as well as better brain and nervous system development.

HOW DOES BREASTFEEDING BENEFIT ME?

  • Breastfeeding may help with postpartum weight loss.
  • Women who breastfeed have lower rates of breast and ovarian cancer.
  • Breastfeeding reduces the risk of heart disease, osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Breastfeeding saves time and money.
  • Both mother and baby enjoy the emotional benefits of the very special and close relationship formed through breastfeeding.

 

HOW DOES BREASTFEEDING MY BABY BENEFIT THE ENVIRONMENT?

Scientists agree that breast milk is still the very best way to nourish babies, and may even protect babies from some of the effects of pollution. Breastfeeding uses none of the tin, paper, plastic, or energy necessary for preparing, packaging, and transporting artificial milk sources. Since there is no waste in breastfeeding, each breastfed baby cuts down on pollution and waste.

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