Breastfeeding Info

Benefits of Breastfeeding

For Baby

  • Natural nutrition at just the right amount to fit your baby’s needs
  • Antibodies passed from mom to baby to prevent infection
  • Reduced risks of:
    • Asthma
    • Childhood leukemia
    • Childhood obesity
    • Ear infections
    • Eczema
    • Diarrhea and vomiting
    • Lower respiratory infections
    • Necrotizing enterocolitis, a disease that affects the gastrointestinal tract in preterm infants
    • Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
    • Type 2 diabetes
  • Increased skin-to-skin contact
  • Breast milk is easier for baby to digest than formula, which is made of cow’s milk

 

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For Mom

  • It’s FREE!
  • Decreased risk of:
    • Type 2 diabetes
    • Certain types of breast cancer
    • Ovarian cancer
  • The skin-to-skin contact boosts your oxytocin levels. Oxytocin is a hormone that helps breast milk flow and can calm the mother.
  • May help with weight loss
  • Mothers who breastfeed miss less work to care for sick infants than mothers who feed their infants formula
  • Better for the environment- no bottles and formula cans or plastic

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Resource: womenshealth.gov

Risks of Not Breastfeeding

Risk for Mom

  • Increased risk of certain cancers (breast and ovarian)
  • Increased risk for type 2 diabetes
  • Vascular changes connected with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Slower recovery after childbirth

Risks for Baby

  • Increased risk of allergies and asthma
  • Increased risk of ear infections and respiratory illness
  • Increased risk of diarrhea
  • Increased risk of childhood and adult obesity
  • Increased risk of type 2 diabetes
  • Increased risk of some childhood cancers
  • Increased risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Risks for Family and Society

  • Increased cost to manufacture, advertise and distribute formula and bottles
  • Increased costs for bottles and formula, time for preparation
  • Increased landfill waste
  • Increased work days missed for parent due to more infant illness
  • Increased healthcare costs and insurance claims because of illness