6. Breastfed babies are constantly exposed to a variety of tastes through their mother's milk.|
7. Breastfed children are at less risk for chrohn's disease and juvenile diabetes.
8. Children who were breastfed are less likely to need orthodontic work
such as braces due to the unique sucking action required with
breastfeeding. They also seem to have better overall dental health than
formula-fed children. Children who were breastfed need speech therapy
less often than those who were bottle-fed.
9. IQ levels are an average of 8 points higher in children who were breastfed.
10. Adult daughters who were breastfed are at less risk for breast cancer.
11. Adults who were breastfed have a lower risk for high cholesterol and asthma.
12. The bond between mother and child seems to be enhanced with breastfeeding.
1. Nursing immediately following delivery causes the uterus to contract lessening the risk of postpartum hemorrhage.
2. The uterus of a breastfeeding mother shrinks to its pre-pregnancy size more quickly.
3. Calories are burned while breastfeeding. It takes approximately 20 calories to produce an ounce of milk.
4. Women who nurse their babies for at least 6 months lessen their chances of pre-menopausal breast cancer.
5. Osteoporosis and cervical cancer are less common in women who breastfed.
6. The return of fertility is delayed with breastfeeding.
7. Breastfeeding is more economical than formula feeding. The cost of formula for 12 months is approximately $1000 - $1200.
8. Breastmilk is always available, clean, and the right temperature.
9. Many mothers feel a special satisfaction in knowing that they alone are meeting the nutritional needs of their babies.
Written by Becky Flora, IBCLC
Last Revision: February 2, 2001
More info at other sites:
"101 Reasons to Breastfeed Your Baby"
"The Many Benefits of Breastfeeding"
"What If I Want to Wean My Baby" - an online article that takes a look at the benefits of breastfeeding at each stage of your child's life.
The Benefits of Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding: Best Bet for Babies
Baby Formula: What Every Parent Should Know