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Benefits of Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is natural, but that doesn’t mean it’s always easy. You and your baby may need practice – and almost all moms need a little help, especially in the beginning. But it does get easier with time.

Breastfeeding….

  • Promotes bonding.
  • Reduces an infant’s risk of becoming ill with respiratory, gastrointestinal, and other illnesses by providing immune factors in the milk.
  • Decreases the risk of developing allergies, asthma, and eczema.
  • Reduces the risks of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
  • Reduces the risk of childhood obesity and diabetes.
  • Is free, always available, and always the correct temperature.
  • Helps control postpartum bleeding and returns the uterus to its pre-pregnancy size more quickly.
  • Helps delay the return of menstruation and can help with pregnancy spacing.
  • Decreases a mother’s risk of developing ovarian, uterine, and breast cancer.
  • Reduces a mother’s risk of developing heart disease and diabetes.
  • Can help a mother return to her pre-pregnancy weight more quickly.