Thursday, July 16, 2009

Breast is Best

Breastfeeding Facts

Breastmilk is the best food for infants and small children:
  • Reduces the risk of allergic reations and asthma
  • Provides babies with the most easily digested food
  • Promotes healthy growth and development
  • Studies indicate a higher I.Q. among breastfed babies
  • Protects against cancer and diabetes
  • Transmits mother's immunities
  • Leads to fewer ear and respiratory infections
  • May protect against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  • Yields health benefits that last a lifetime
  • Reduces crying and colic
  • Reduces cause of abuse and abandonment
  • Allows mom time to cuddle and nurture her baby
  • Mother's milk changes throughout the duration of nursing to meet the baby's specific needs at a given time
  • Diapers have less offensive odor
  • Mother's milk is the safest food for infants in any emergency
Breastfeeding is best for mothers:
  • Releases prolactin: the calming, "mothering" hormone
  • May delay ovulation and menstruation
  • Protects against breast and ovulation cancer
  • Helps uterus get back to pre-pregnancy size and shape
  • Allows mothers to miss fewer work or school days because baby is sick less often
  • Creates a special time for mother-baby bonding
  • Less time preparing bottles
  • Permits mothers to get more sleep at night (if baby shares bed)
Breastfeeding is best for families:
  • Saves money in formula and health care costs
  • Leads to healthier baby and mother
  • Allows mother to spend more time with entire family
  • Can offer a special bonding tie for siblings and fathers, too
  • Makes for easier traveling
  • Makes comforting baby easier - less crying
Breastfeeding is best for the world:
  • Uses a natural resource
  • Protects the environment: no packaging, no plastics, no waste
  • Yields healthier work force for the future
  • Requires no storage
  • Saves tax dollars by decreasing health care costs
Information provided by: 2007 Department of State Health Services

1 comment:

Michelle said...

Breastfeeding is the best! The benefits are wonderful for mother and child, and more than anything it creates a wonderful special bond between mother and child that is amazing. I loved nursing my son, and had detachment issues after he weaned himself at three, lol. I missed it,and the closeness and now, I have to hunt him down and beg him to give me a hug so I can feel like I have had physical contact with him during the day. I can not wait until my new little one gets here so that I can share the same wonderful gift.