Why is Breastfeeding So Important

Why is Breastfeeding So Important?

Breastfeeding is the act of delivering nutrients from mother to child through the female mammary glands, otherwise known as breasts.  Almost all mothers can breastfeed, provided they have the accurate information and appropriate support.

Nursing is the most natural and normal way to feed a baby.  Breastfeeding is healthy for both mother and baby.  It provides not only complete and essential nutrition, but also antibodies and immunological effects that baby cannot receive anywhere else.  For the mother it also provides health benefits as well and offers a convinced that can’t be matched with bottle feeding.

BENEFITS FOR BABY

  • Breastmilk fights disease
  • Breastmilk prevents illness
  • Breastfeeding protects against allergies
  • Breastfeeding helps young babies regulate their breathing
  • Breastfeeding has been linked to a lower incidence of SIDS
  • Breastfeeding is a pain reliever & soother
  • Children who were breastfed are less likely to be obese
  • Breastfeeding helps your young baby sleep
  • Breastmilk provides the exact nutrients babies need
  • Breastmilk changes naturally over time to meet a baby’s nutritional demands and therefore remains optimal
  • Breastmilk is easy to digest
  • Studies are starting to show that breastfeeding may reduce bed-wetting later in life
  • Breastfeeding is gives children a developmental advantage
  • Brestfed babies cope better with stress later in life
  • The milk is always the right temperature when it comes right from the breast
  • Breastfed babies smell like vanilla beans
  • An exclusively breastfed baby has better smelling feces.
  • Breastfed children have a higher likelyhood of accepting an organ after transplant
  • Children who have been breastfed are less likely to need braces or have excessive dental issues
  • Pre-term milk is specially designed to meet the needs of premature babies

BENEFITS FOR MOM

  • Breastfeeding is linked to a lower risk of many health conditions including: Breast Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Endometrial Cancer, osteoporosis, Depression, Type II Diabetes & Obesity
  • Nursing helps a mother’s uterus contract back to normal size after birthing
  • Breastfeeding helps prevent postpartum hemorrhage
  • Breastfeeding saves thousands of dollars a year
  • Life is easier there is no need to sterilize bottles, boil water, mix formula, carry around extra gear, cooler bags or figure out how to warm up a bottle, you can breastfeed in your sleep
  • Works in a natural disaster

BENEFITS FOR SOCIETY

  • Reduces costs to families
  • Protects the environment–Human milk is delivered to the consumer without any pollution, packaging or waste. Producing, packaging, shipping and preparing canned formula, however, produce tremendous ecological waste.
  • Improves health and well-being of our population
  • Decreases health care costs (fewer physician and hospital visits)
  • Requires fewer resources and staff time in hospitals when mothers and babies room-in together
  • Contributes to long-term health care savings
  • Improves productivity and reduces absenteeism among breastfeeding mothers as a result of healthier children