Breastfeeding is good for babies, mothers, workplaces, and the earth. It is the natural way to feed babies.
Breastfeeding is good for babies because:
- Human breast milk is the most complete form of nutrition and changes to meet your baby’s special needs.
- Human breast milk is easier on baby’s tummy and causes less diarrhea and vomiting
- Breastfeeding builds better immunities and protects babies from many common health problems, like ear infections.
- Breastfed babies are less likely to have some long-lasting health problems, such as diabetes, asthma, and Crohn's disease.
- Breastfed babies are less likely to develop allergies and childhood cancers.
- Breastfeeding lowers risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
- Human milk is even more important for babies who are born early and those with low birth weights (less than 5 ½ pounds).
- Breastfeeding results in lower healthcare costs and less trips to the hospital for serious illnesses.
- Breastfeeding produces less risk of babies becoming overweight.
- Breastfeeding promotes good jaw development and growth of straight, healthy teeth.
Breastfeeding is good for mothers because it:
- Helps mothers recover more quickly after giving birth
- May help mothers return to their pre-pregnancy weight faster (it burns an average of 500 extra calories a day)
- Reduces risk of long-lasting health problems, such as breast and ovarian cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes
- Creates a special bond between mother and baby
- Reduces the risk of postpartum depression
- Helps mothers feel good about giving their babies the healthiest start in life
Breastfeeding is good for everyone because:
- Breastfeeding saves families money.
- Employees who breastfeed miss fewer days from work to care for a sick child because breastfed babies are healthier.
- Breastfeeding is good for the earth; it uses less energy and creates less waste.