Why Breastfeed?

  • Breastfeeding is the normal end to the reproduction cycle. Our bodies begin to produce breastmilk whether or not we plan to breastfeed.
  • Breastmilk is made specifically for human babies
  • Babies are born with instinctive behaviors that help them find the breast and latch on
  • Breastmilk contains all the nutrients your baby needs, in forms that are most easily absorbed by his body
  • Breastmilk contains hundreds of components that provide nutrition, protection against infection, and assist with growth and development
  • Breastmilk changes to meet the needs of your growing baby
  • Breastfeeding promotes normal growth and development, including cognitive (brain-related)  and immune development
  • Breastfeeding provides protection against illness and disease, including respiratory infections, diarrhea, obesity, diabetes, and certain types of cancers
  • Breastfeeding is easier–no formula to mix, no bottles and equipment to clean.
  • Breastfeeding provides protection against pregnancy (see Lactational Amenorrhea Method)
  • Breastfeeding promotes normal jaw, mouth, and facial development.
  • Breastfeeding is virtually free. Formula costs upwards of $1000 per year.
  • Breastfeeding promotes bonding between baby and mother.
  • Breastfeeding means better long term health for mom
  • BREASTFEEDING IS SIMPLY NORMAL!

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