Breastmilk is the normal food for babies; babies are designed to need
Breastfeeding helps them to grow strong physically and
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
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
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!