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Importance of Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding holds many benefits for baby, mom and for the community as whole. Consider the following benefits of breastfeeding when making your decisions about healthy infant feeding:
 
Importance of breastfeeding for mother
  • Helps uterus return to normal size and controls bleeding after birth.
  • Protects against cancer of the breast and ovaries.
  • Can help mother lose weight faster.
  • Decreases risk for osteoporosis.
  • Free and therefore easy on the budget.
  • With schedule of a working mother.
  • Convenient and portable.
Importance of breastfeeding for baby
  • Meets the nutritional requirement for every stage of development.
  • Promotes brain development.
  • Decreases the risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
  • Increases protection against childhood diabetes and certain childhood cancers.
  • Protects against ear, stomach, and respiratory infections.
  • Promotes healthy tooth and jaw development.
  • Decreases risk of childhood obesity.
 
Importance of breastfeeding for our community
  • Children who are breastfed are healthier and require fewer medications, physician visits or hospital admissions.
  • Working parents miss fewer workdays to care for sick children.
  • Breastfeeding is environmentally friendly; it eliminates the need to produce, package, transport and dispose of infant formula, leading to less waste and garbage.

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