Benefits of Breastfeeding

BREASTMILK IS THE BEST FOOD FOR INFANTS:

  • Hypoallergenic
  • Most easily digested food
  • Promotes healthy growth an development
  • Studies indicate a slight increase in I.Q. among breastfed babies
  • Better craniofacial development, straighter teeth and fewer speech impediments
  • Protection against cancer and diabetes
  • Transmission of mother’s immunities
  • Fewer ear and respiratory infections
  • May protect against crib death (SIDS)
  • Yields health benefits that last a lifetime
  • Less crying
  • Fewer cases of abuse and abandonment
  • More time spent cuddling with mother
  • Sweeter-smelling diapers

BREASTFEEDING IS BEST FOR MOTHERS:

  • Release of prolactin: the calming “mothering” hormone
  • May delay ovulation and menstruation
  • Protection against cancer
  • Helps uterus get back to pre-pregnancy size and shape
  • Fewer work or school days missed due to baby’s illness
  • Creates a special time for mother-baby bonding
  • Less time spent preparing bottles
  • More sleep at night

BREASTFEEDING IS BEST FOR FAMILIES:

  • More economical
  • Healthier for baby and mother
  • Nursing can be a special bonding time for siblings and fathers, too
  • Easier traveling

BREASTFEEDING IS BEST FOR THE WORLD:

  • A natural resource
  • Ecologically sound: no packaging, no plastics, no waste
  • Healthier workforce for the future
  • The answer to world hunger and high infant mortality
  • No storage or preservation required

BREAST IS BEST!