Human milk is best for human babies. Research has proven it time and time again. When mothers breastfeed their babies, everyone benefits.
Breastmilk has all the right nutrients, in just the right amounts, at just the right time. Throughout the breastfeeding relationship, just like during pregnancy, mom’s body knows what her baby needs.
Breastmilk is always fresh and ready. No mixing, measuring or sterilizing required. Breastfeeding saves time, money and resources. It’s free and leaves no waste from wrappers, cans and packaging. Nighttime feeding and travelling is easier.
Breastfeeding helps baby’s brain flourish, which may enhance the ability to learn. Breastmilk is easy on baby’s delicate tummy, causing less stomachaches, diarrhea and constipation. Breastfeeding can help to protect children against SIDS, ear infections, intestinal disorders, colds, viruses, asthma, allergies and diabetes, as well as many other diseases, including obesity.
Since breastfeeding helps to build a strong immune system, babies get sick less often, so moms and dads might miss less work, too.
Breastfeeding is great for mom’s health, also. It helps her womb shrink back into shape and encourages her body to heal. It even helps her to burn calories and lose weight. Breastfeeding protects mothers against osteoporosis, breast, ovarian and uterine cancers, rheumatoid arthritis, and can reduce postpartum anxiety and depression.
Breastfeeding is soothing for both mother and baby – building a close, trusting relationship. It is truly the start of something special.
A Resource for Breastfeeding Moms:
The NATIONAL BREASTFEEDING HELPLINE
from the Office on Women’s Health:
M-F 9:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m.
Additional Resource: Office of Women’s Health – Department of Health and Human Services