Why is Breastfeeding Important?
Breast milk helps keep your baby healthy:
- It supplies all the necessary nutrients in the proper proportions.
- It protects against allergies, sickness and obesity.
- It protects against diseases, like diabetes and cancer.
- It protects against infections, like ear infections.
- It is easily digested - no constipation, diarrhea or upset stomach.
- Babies have healthier weights as they grow.
- Breastfed babies score higher on IQ tests.
Breast milk changes constantly to meet babies' needs:
The milk changes in volume and composition according to the time of day, nursing frequency, and age of baby to promote healthy food for your baby.
Breast milk is always ready and good for the environment:
It is available wherever and whenever your baby needs it.
It is always at the right temperature, clean and free.
No bottles to clean.
Breastfeeding has no waste, so it is good for the environment.
Why is Breastfeeding Important to You?
Mothers who breastfeed:
Have a reduced risk of Type 2 Diabetes and certain cancers, such as breast cancer
May find it easier to return to what they weighed before they got pregnant
Strengthen the bond with their children
For more information about the importance of feeding your baby breast milk, contact your local WIC office or call 1-800-26-BIRTH.