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Why is Breastfeeding Important?
Breastmilk helps keep your baby healthy:
- It supplies all the necessary nutrients in the proper proportions
- It protects against allergies, sickness and obesity
- It protects against diseases, like diabetes and cancer
- It protects against infections, like ear infections
- It is easily digested - no constipation, diarrhea or upset stomach
- Babies have healthier weights as they grow
- Breastfed babies score higher on IQ tests
Breastmilk changes constantly to meet babies' needs:
Breastmilk is always ready and good for the environment:
It is available wherever and whenever your baby needs it
It is always at the right temperature, clean and free
No bottles to clean
Breasfeeding has no waste, so it is good for the environment
Why is Breastfeeding Important to You?
Mothers who breastfeed:
Have a reduced risk of Type 2 Diabetes and certain cancers, such as breast cancer
May find it easier to return to what they weighed before they got pregnant
Strengthen the bond with their children
For more information about the importance of feeding your baby breastmilk, contact your local WIC office or call 1-800-26-BIRTH.