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For The Baby

  • Breastmilk is the best food for the baby. It has everything a baby needs to grow and develop. It is easy to digest. Breastmilk changes to meet the needs of the baby and is perfect for healthy, premature or sick newborns.
  • Breastfeeding helps protect baby from getting sick. Breastfed babies have fewer ear infections and stomach problems like diarrhea or vomiting. That can mean fewer trips to the clinic or hospital.
  • Breastfeeding may help decrease or delay allergies.
  • Breastfeeding helps in the correct growth of baby’s face, mouth and teeth. This can mean fewer dental bills.
  • Breastfeeding provides better brain development. This may lead to a smarter child.
  • Breastfeeding gives skin-to-skin contact and is comforting to the baby.
For The Mothers
  • Breastfeeding helps the mother feel close and bonded with her baby. By spending time together, the mother learns about her baby’s likes and dislikes and gains confidence in meeting baby’s needs.
  • Breastfeeding helps the mother feel more relaxed and peaceful.
  • Breastfeeding burns calories. Weight loss after pregnancy may be easier for the mother.
  • Breastfeeding saves time, since there are no bottles to clean, prepare, warm or sterilize. Breastmilk is always ready and the correct temperature.
  • Breastfeeding saves money.
  • Working mothers who breastfeed miss less work because of a sick baby.
  • Breastfeeding makes travel easier, since there is less stuff to haul around.
  • During natural disasters such as tornadoes and floods, breastmilk is available and safe.
  • Breastfeeding may reduce the risk of breast and uterine cancer.
Especially For Teens
  • Breastfeeding gives the mother something that only she can do for her baby. It is a special connection that the baby’s grandmother or babysitter can’t have.
  • Breastfeeding can be a source of pride, a sign of maturity and responsibility in caring for a baby.
For The Father And Other Family Members
  • Breastfeeding can save money. Formula and bottle-feeding equipment costs can be high.
  • There is less time off work to take care of a sick baby or to take the baby to the doctor, and less money spent on medications.
  • Breastmilk does not stain clothing.
  • Breastfed babies smell good. Their bowel movements are less smelly than those of a formula fed infant.
  • Breastfeeding saves time: there are fewer bottles to wash and sterilize.

 

Last Updated 5/12/2006