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
Importance of breastfeeding for baby
Meets the nutritional requirement for every stage of development.
Promotes brain development.
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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