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Breastfeeding Your Newborn

World Breastfeeding Week

It’s World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month. Do you know the benefits?

The health benefits apply to mothers and their babies in both developed and developing countries.

The Benefits of Breastfeeding

 

Breast milk is perfectly suited for a baby’s nutritional needs, and the process helps mothers and babies bond.

It’s also unmatched in its immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory properties that protect mothers and babies from many illnesses.

Unmatched Protection of Breastfeeding

 

Formula feeding increases the risk of common childhood infections and some rare but serious infections and diseases, like leukemia.

Preventing Infections

 

The risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is 56% higher for babies who were never breastfed.

Protection through Breast Milk

 

Mothers who never breastfed are also at a higher risk for certain health issues, like breast and ovarian cancer.

Protecting Mothers, Too

 

The U.S. is one of only 3 countries in the world without a guaranteed maternity leave, which can be important for breastfeeding moms.

Taking Care of Moms