Benefits of Breastfeeding
Benefits of breastfeeding to babies
- Mother's milk is the perfect baby food. Babies who are exclusively breastfed for at least the first 6 months of life have fewer health problems, including:
* 5 times fewer Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)
* 5 times fewer serious illnesses
* 7 times fewer allergies
- Because human milk is so easy to digest, babies spit up less often and experience less diarrhea and constipation.
- For every 87 artificially fed babies who die from SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), only 3 breastfed babies die.
- Babies who are fed only breast milk for at least 26 weeks are 6 times less likely to develop Lymphoma (type of cancer) in childhood.
- Babies who are breastfed for at least one year are half as likely to develop diabetes.
- Breastfeeding can begin a lifetime of good health for your child.
Benefits to adults who were breastfed
- As adults, people who were breastfed have:
* Fewer skin problems, including Dermatitis and Eczema.
* Lower risk of heart attack or stroke, due to lower cholesterol levels.
* Less Ulcerative Colitis (ulcers in the large intestine).
* Less Crohn's Disease.
* Protection from certain chronic liver diseases.
* Higher IQ's. Breastmilk is brainfood. Studies show that children and adults who were breastfed have higher IQ's by an average of 7 points than those who were given milk substitutes.
Benefits of breastfeeding to Mom
- Women who breastfeed lower their risk of breast cancer.
* Nursing for a lifetime total of 6 years lowers risk before menopause by 66%.
* Nursing for a lifetime total of 7 years lowers risk throughout woman's lifetime to almost zero.
- Breastfeeding provides lifetime protection from cancer of the ovaries and cervix, as well as Osteoporosis.
- Breastfeeding moms lose pregnancy weight faster after birth.
- Breastfeeding moms have flatter stomachs after the birth due to the uterus shrinking in size.
- Breastfeeding moms get more sleep, and thus have a much lower chance of experiencing Postpartum Depression.