Mar 09

Breastfeeding Benefits All

Breastfeeding is full of benefits – for you, your baby and society.

Learn the many reasons breastfeeding is amazing for your family and why gynecologists and pediatricians recommend it so strongly.

Benefits For You

Breastfeeding supports bonding between you and your baby.

The skin-to-skin contact during breastfeeding helps infants feel secure, comforted and warm.

Weight loss! On average, mothers who breastfeed burn 300-500 calories per day.

Breastfeeding helps decrease the amount of postpartum uterine bleeding.

The same hormone your body releases during breastfeeding (oxytocin) is the same hormone that helps the uterus contract and minimize overall bleeding.

It lowers your risk for developing many diseases – breast cancer, ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and postpartum depression to name a few.

For mothers who exclusively breastfeed, breastfeeding can serve as a form of birth control.

Regular breastfeeding stops ovulation and can prevent pregnancy.

This only works for the first 6 months and mothers have to make sure to breastfeed around the clock.

Benefits For Baby

Breastfeeding boosts your infants immune system.

Breastmilk contains antibodies that protect your child from illnesses.

Infants who breastfeed have a decreased risk of respiratory infections, asthma, ear infections, diarrheal illnesses, eczema, diabetes and obesity.

It provides the perfect balance of nutrients to support your baby’s growth.

Breastmilk is easier for infants to digest than formula.

Breastfed babies have less gas, bloating and constipation.

Infants who breastfeed have a lower risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Benefits for all

Breastfeeding is easy on the wallet. Formula and feeding supplies can add up to a considerable amount each month.

Since breastfed babies are sick less often, they typically have less doctors visits and hospitalizations which translates to lower overall healthcare costs.

Working mothers miss less work since their infants are sick less often.

Breastfeeding benefits the environment since there is less waste generated. Formula cans, packaging and supplies add to our landfills each month.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. (2016). Labor, Delivery, and Postpartum Care: Breastfeeding Your Baby [Pamphlet]. Washington, DC.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health. (2011). Your Guide to Breastfeeding. [Brochure]. Washington