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Breastfeeding Benefits

Breastfeeding is good for your baby

  • Breastmilk has all the right nutrients your baby needs to grow and be healthy.
  • Breastmilk is easy to digest. Your baby’s stools will be soft and easy to pass. They will smell better than the stools of formula fed babies.
  • Breastmilk protects your baby from germs and illness. Your baby will be sick less and have fewer doctor visits.
  • Breastfed babies have fewer ear infections, colds and allergies and less diarrhea.
  • Breastfeeding enhances brain development and learning readiness.
  • Children who were breastfed are less likely to have diabetes, childhood cancers, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Children who were breastfed are less likely to become overweight.

Breastfeeding is good for you

  • Physical benefits:
    • Breastfeeding causes the womb (uterus) to quickly return to the size that it was before you were pregnant.
    • Breastfeeding can help you lose weight after your baby is born, if you breastfeed often!
    • Breastfeeding helps keep you healthy, lowering your risk of breast and ovarian cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes, and heart disease.

  • Emotional benefits:
    • Women breastfeed their babies because they enjoy it! The hormones that your body makes during breastfeeding help you relax and feel close to your baby.
    • Breastfeeding makes moms feel proud.  Breastfeeding is a special gift only you can give your baby!
    • Breastfeeding creates a special bond between mom and baby.

  • Convenience:
    • Your breastmilk is always ready.
    • Nighttime feedings are quick and easy.
    • Breastfed babies are easy to take on trips. Just grab the diapers and go!
    • Breastfeeding is good for the earth. There is little or no garbage and waste.

  • Cost benefits:
    • Breastmilk is free.
    • Moms who breastfeed miss less work caring for sick children and there are less health care costs for baby.
    • Moms can get WIC foods for the first year, if eligible.
Key Contacts
Breastfeeding Information Line:
(608) 243-0449