Breastmilk can begin a lifetime of good health:

101 Reasons to Breastfeed (from ProMom.com)
Benefits of Breastfeeding Over Time (www.normalfed.com)

For Baby

  • Less chance of asthma and diabetes.
  • Fewer allergies.
  • Fewer skin problems, including dermatitis and eczema.
  • Lower risk of heart attacks and strokes due to lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels.
  • Reduced chance of ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s Disease.
  • Protection from certain chronic liver diseases.
  • Higher IQs (average of 8-10 points higher).
  • Three times less ear infections
  • Five times less urinary tract infections.
  • Twenty-five times less chance of SIDS.
  • Less diarrhea and constipation
  • Less chance of lymphoma and childhood cancers.
  • Breastfed babies grow up to be leaner.
  • Mother’s milk is especially designed for a preemie – its nutrition and digestibility is actually different than that of the mother of a term baby!

For Mom

  • Mothers lose weight faster.
  • Mothers experience less blood loss .
  • Breastfeeding mothers have a smoother adjustment to hormonal changes following birth, decreasing the chance for postpartum depression.
  • Two years of breastfeeding lowers the risk of breast cancer before menopause by 50%.
  • Seven years or more of cumulative breastfeeding lowers the risk for breast cancer throughout a woman’s lifetime.
  • Breastfeeding provides protection from ovarian cancer, osteoporosis and endometrial cancer.
  • One month of breastfeeding lowers the rates of diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
  • New research has shown breastfeeding for one or more years helps protect mothers from heart attacks and strokes. Breastfeeding is heart- healthy.