Breastfeeding Basics

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Benefits for your baby

  • Early milk (colostrum) is the perfect first food for your baby. It should be your milk and nothing else, starting within an hour of birth.
  • It provides antibodies and nutrition for your baby.
  • It’s easy to digest. That means less cramping and less gas and less crying.
  • Babies who are breastfed have a lower risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  • It protects your baby from sickness and disease.
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Ear infections

Diarrhea

Pneumonia

Diabetes

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Stomach infections

Overweight and obesity

Childhood cancers

Heart Disease

Benefits for you

  • Early breastfeeding helps contract the uterus and slow bleeding (important for your recovery)
  • It’s convenient. Breast milk is always ready and always warm. It also has everything your baby needs to grow strong and healthy, and it changes according to what your baby needs.
  • It’s easy. There’s nothing to buy and nothing to prepare.
  • Exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months builds up a healthy milk supply and keeps it up.
  • Breast milk is linked to a lower risk of disease for breast and ovarian cancers and Type-2 diabetes.
  • Increases time before the next pregnancy.

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Choosing healthy behaviors during pregnancy can…

Breast milk provides antibodies to protect baby’s health.
For mothers, breastfeeding or providing their baby breast milk is linked to a lower risk of disease for breast and ovarian cancers and Type-2 diabetes.