Breastfeeding Benefits Babies
Breastfeeding gives your baby comfort and nutrition.
- Breastfeeding gives your baby the comfort of being close to you as well as the comfort of sucking. Breastfeeding makes you and your baby feel relaxed.
- Breastfeeding decreases stress hormones in your baby and in your body too!
- Breastfeeding has pain-relieving pain properties for your baby.
- Breast milk contains everything your baby needs to grow and develop the healthiest body possible. Your breast milk changes as the baby grows to give baby the
- nutrition he needs! Since the nutrients come from a human source, it perfectly matches the baby’s digestion and is digested rapidly and easily.
- Your breast milk has many proteins that fight bacteria and viruses, and may reduce ear infections.
Breastfeeding protects your baby against disease.
- Formulas come from a cow or soybean source which gives your baby foreign proteins that are difficult for him to digest and may lead to an increase in allergies, diabetes, ear & respiratory infections, gastrointestinal diseases, colds and flu.
- Formula has no disease fighting or protective components.
- Breastfed infants receive protection that lasts a lifetime:
- Lower incidence of sudden infant death syndrome
- (SIDS) and serious diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.
- Formula fed infants have a greater incidence of ear infections, diarrhea, respiratory illness, gastrointestinal illness, and SIDS.
Breastfeeding benefits your health.
- Women who breastfeed have decreased rates of breast and ovarian cancer, diabetes, and osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, a high blood pressure and heart disease.
- Breastfeeding will help you lose baby weight, and reduces postpartum bleeding.
- Breastfeeding promotes your baby’s growth and development.
- Breast milk contains enzymes and hormones that help baby’s digestion and promote healthy growth.
- The milk of mothers whose infants were born prematurely has more protein and other nutrients specially needed to meet the growth needs of the premature baby.
- Breast milk contains important fats that help your baby’s brain grow. Breastfed babies have higher intelligence scores. These important fats also make your baby have better vision.
- Formula has no enzymes or growth promoting factors. Formula fed infants are more likely to be overweight, and develop diabetes and heart disease as adults.
Breastfeeding saves you time and money.
- Formula costs over $1,700 a year, not including supplies. Plus it takes time to buy and mix formula, and wash and prepare bottles. Breast milk is always fresh, free, and ready to feed.
- Since breastfed babies get sick less, it means less money spent on doctor visits, medicines, and hospitalizations.
- Less time lost from work to stay home with a sick baby