Breastfeeding is completely natural, and the best feeding option for both moms and babies. Choosing to breastfeed your baby offers them the best start to life, and helps them grow and develop well.
Here are just some of the many benefits of breastfeeding:
Babies who are breastfed for at least 6 month have fewer health problems than babies who are artificially fed, including:
Because human milk is so easy for babies to digest, breastfed babies spit up less often, and have less diarrhea and constipation.
Breastfed babies have a decreased risk of SIDS, childhood cancers, and diabetes.
As adults, people who were breastfed have:
Breastmilk is brain food. Studies show that children who were breastfed have higher IQs than those who were given breastmilk substitutes.
Women who breastfeed lower their risk of breast cancer. Nursing for a lifetime total of:
Breastfeeding also provides protection from cancer of the ovaries as well as osteoporosis, a thinning of the bones.
Debra Swank, RN, BSN, IBCLC. Noodle Soup of Weingart Design: Publisher (2007). Breastfeeding for Good Health (brochure) Cleveland, OH.