Breastfeeding

 

Benefits of breastfeeding for your baby:

  • breastfed babies have been shown to have higher IQs
  • enhances immune function and prevents infections
  • promotes development of a healhty digestive tract and prevents constipation
  • babies who are breastfed have lower rates childhood diabetes, obesity, autism and ADHD, asthma, allergies
  • decreases risk of ear infections
  • protects against SIDS
  • is important for healthy tooth development

 

Benefits of breastfeeding for Moms:

  • facilitates bonding with baby
  • helps to control bleeding after birth and helps uterus to return to its normal size after birth
  • women who breastfeed have lower rates of breast cancer and ovarian cancer
  • promotes healthy weight regulation after delivery


Benefits of breastfeeding for families and the community:

  • much more cost effective than formula
  • very convenient
  • environmentally friendly
  • breastfed babies are often sick less which means fewer lost days of work for parents