This is the ideal for infant feeding, though it may not be appropriate or possible for all women, which is important to keep in mind and perhaps consult with a lactation consultant.
Breastfeeding also has been shown to protect against staph, strep and e coli infections, diabetes, many childhood cancers, meningitis, pneumonia, urinary tract infections, and salmonella. Also, the lifetime protection includes from Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and some lymphomas.
Recent research has indicated that breastfeeding may also help lower the risk of osteoporosis after menopause. Although breastfeeding delays the return of the menstrual cycle, it should not be counted on as birth control. Always discuss birth control options with your doctor. In addition to increased self-confidence, breastfeeding may also lead to feelings of bonding and closeness with their baby.
Breastfeeding mothers missing less work leads to a more productive workforce. It also leads to lower employer medical costs Breastfed infants typically need fewer sick care visits, prescriptions, and hospitalizations.
There are no formula cans, bottles, or other packaging to be thrown out as waste. $1200 is 4 times the estimated extra cost of food per year for a breastfeeding mom which is $300.
Best for Both Mother and
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The Gold Standard:
• The “gold standard” of infant feeding is:
• Breastfeeding exclusively for six months
• Providing appropriate complementary
foods with continued breastfeeding for
up to two years or beyond
Did You Know?
• According to the Center for Disease
Control (CDC), breastfeeding is ideal for
• Both mothers and babies gain many
benefits from breastfeeding. (CDC)
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Facts for Baby:
• Breast milk is easy to digest and contains antibodies
that can protect infants from bacterial and viral
• Breastfeeding has been shown to be protective
against many illnesses, according to the La Leche
League (LLL), including:
– Painful ear infections, respiratory ailments, allergies,
intestinal disorders, colds, viruses, and Sudden Infant Death
– Lifetime protection from insulin dependent diabetes, and for
girls, breast and ovarian cancer.
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• When babies are born, their immune systems
• Through breastfeeding you pass your
antibodies on to your baby, helping to keep
your baby healthy and grow their immune
system faster than bottle-fed babies (LLL).
– Your body will also make and pass back to your
baby antibodies to germs that they are exposed to
and pass to you, helping to protect your baby
Facts for Mother:
• Research indicates that women who
breastfeed may have lower rates of certain
breast and ovarian cancers. (CDC)
• Breastfeeding delays the return of the
menstrual cycle. (USDHHS)
• Breastfeeding mothers have increased self-
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• Breastfeeding uses up extra calories,
helping mothers to lose weight after
• Breastfeeding saves time and money.
There is no formula to prepare or
bottles to warm.
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• Breastfeeding mothers miss less work
because their infants are sick less often.
• Total health care costs in the United States
are lower for breastfed infants than for
formula fed infants. (USDHHS)
Facts for Society:
• Breastfeeding benefits the environment.
No packaging or plastic involved!
• The estimated cost of formula is $1200 per
year. Breast milk is free. (USBC)
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
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