1. Perfect nutrition 2. Protection 3. Brain power 4. Ready and portable 5. Size does not matter 6. Good for mothers too 7. Builds a special bond 8. Advantages continue as baby grows 9. Good for the planet 10. Easy on the budget
Breast milk has the perfect amount of protein, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins and minerals, and is easy to digest. Breastfeeding helps reduce the chance your baby will: ◾have diarrhea, ear infections or lung infections ◾die of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) ◾ be overweight or obese when they are older.
Research shows that children who were breastfed score higher on intelligence (IQ) tests. They may even stay in school longer and earn more money as adults.
Research shows that breastfeeding can protect mothers from many diseases such as: ◾breast and ovarian cancer ◾ diabetes ◾ heart disease
The closeness and comfort of breastfeeding helps you bond with your baby. It is one of the many things you can do to build a secure and loving relationship. Cuddling your baby can help your baby be more trusting and confident as they grow older. Breastfeeding is good for your baby, for you and for the environment. Breast milk is made and delivered right to your baby – without any processing, chemical preservatives, packaging or waste.
Breastfeeding saves you money. Having a baby can be expensive, so it is nice to know that breastfeeding is not! Breastfeeding could save you hundreds – or even thousands – of dollars.
Need help getting started? Learning to breastfeed can take time and patience. It is a skill that mother and baby learn together.
Do not give up! There are many people and groups that can help you, including: family members and friends who have breastfed ◾ health care providers (nurse, doctor or midwife) ◾lactation consultants ◾support groups such as La Leche League.
Info at: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/11-benefits-ofbreastfeeding
This article is featured in the August Edition of the Accelerated Health & Wellness Centre’s Monthly Newsletter.