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.
- 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.