Benefits for Mother and Baby:
• Fewer viruses
•Lower incidence of respiratory illness
•Reduction in ear infections and meningitis
• Breastfed children have a 20 percent lower risk of dying between the ages of 28 days and 1 year (SIDS)
• Breast milk guards against invading germs and results in a natural buildup in babies of protections against many forms of illness
•Breastfeeding may protect babies from developing allergies
•There is a connection between breastfeeding and cognitive development (greater intelligence)
• Breastfeed babies have a lower incidence of obesity as a teen or adult.
•The longer women breastfeed, the greater the mother’s protection against breast and ovarian cancers.
Breast milk is 100% all natural, preservative, chemical and dye free. Human breast milk is the healthiest milk for human babies much like cat breast milk is the healthiest milk for kittens. Breast milk contains over 100 different ingredients not found in formula. Breast milk is always ready, premixed and the perfect temperature. Breastfeeding burn 500 calories per day (more than the 300 you need when you are pregnant) so it helps mom to lose the weight from having a child. Breast milk is always changing to accommodate the child so if your child needs more fat in the milk your body with automatically accommodate.
Good places to go for help www.kellymom.com , your local hospital, WIC office (even if you don’t qualify for WIC their lactation consultants will be happy to answer your questions.)