Why is Breastfeeding Important?
You are a having a baby(ies)! Have you thought about breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding is normal. It is about trusting your body.
If you have any questions about breastfeeding – ask your healthcare provider!
Here is why breastfeeding is important for your baby.
- Is designed for humans.
- Has everything your baby needs to grow.
- Will protect your baby from many illnesses.
- May prevent: allergies, obesity, diabetes, childhood cancers, and SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome)
- Changes as your baby’s needs change.
- Changes taste depending on what Mom eats.
- Is always the right temperature for baby.
- Encourages skin-to-skin. This helps baby feel loved and secure.
- Is safe. There are never recalls on breastmilk.
Breastfeeding is important for Mom too. Almost all women can breastfeed. Breastfeeding:
- May protect against ovarian and breast cancer.
- Can help Mom lose weight.
- Helps Mom bond and feel close to her baby. This can help with “baby blues” or postpartum depression.
- Is free. Formula can cost more than $1500 in the first year.
- Requires no preparation. Breastmilk is always fresh and ready to feed.
- Can help Mom relax, helping Mom sleep when baby sleeps.
Want to know more? Check out Baby Friendly Newfoundland’s video “You Won’t Regret It!”