Breastmilk is nature-made and provides a baby with everything it needs for its first year of life. Breastfeeding provides many health, nutritional, economic and emotional benefits to the mother and baby. There are also significant benefits to the community, workplace and the environment.
- Decreases risk of illness and disease for baby
- Reduces risk of childhood obesity
- Reduces risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
- Lowers risk of certain cancers in mom and juvenile cancers
- Burns CALORIES! Breastfeeding is a great way to lose baby weight
- Promotes bonding between mom and baby
- Saves money! Formula is expensive, breastfeeding can help cut these costs
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusively breastfeeding infants for the first six months of their life, followed by continued breastfeeding along with complementary foods for at least the first year, and beyond, as the mother and baby desire.