New Baby Checklist
Why Breastfeed?
  • Breastmilk is the normal food for babies;  babies are designed to need breastmilk.
    Breastfeeding helps them to grow strong physically and emotionally.
    In the following list you can see some reasons why:

  • Breastmilk has immune system boosting ingredients including antibodies from the mother that help prevent and minimize many sicknesses;
  • Breastmilk is the best fluid for baby when sickness occurs -- breastmilk is a clear fluid which contains nutrients and active immunites to help fight the sickness;
  • It digests easily and quickly; and nursing provides reasuring comfort. Often children will breastfeed more frequently while sick and not have any desire for other drink (or food).
  • Breastfeeding helps prevent children from developing allergies (especially if they are exclusively breastfed for the first six months), asthma, eczema, and diaper rash.
  • Baby cannot be allergic to his mommy's milk.
  • Breastfeeding helps protect children from getting ear infections.
  • It helps protect them from becoming obese as children.
  • Breastmilk does not make an infant constipated, and breastfeeding helps prevent young children from getting diarrhea.
  • Breastfeeding promotes proper jaw, teeth, and speech development.
  • Breastfeeding reduces the risk of SIDS. Breastmilk can provide protection from some infections that can trigger sudden death in infants. The superior oral ability of breast-fed children may also help reduce the risk.
  • Milk supplied directly from the breast is free of bacteria and is always *just right* for your baby.
  • Wherever mom goes, sweet, warm, fresh breastmilk is ready immediately.
  • Breastfeeding provides a wonderful way to calm and comfort a fussy baby.
  • It can help your child fall asleep easily.
  • It's a wonderful time to hold and be close to your child.
  • It helps the mother to relax: prolactin, the milk-producing hormone also known as the "mothering hormone," has a relaxing effect on the mother and stimulates maternal instincts; oxytocin, which produces milk ejection during lactation, also promotes calming.
  • Breastfeeding helps protect moms from getting osteoperosis, ovarian cancer, cervical cancer, and breast cancer (studies have shown that the longer a mom breastfeeds throughtout her life, the lower her chance getting breast cancer).
  • Breastfeeding requires a mother to take some quiet relaxed time for herself and her baby- SO important!     
  • And much, much more. . .