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.
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.
Formula feeding increases the risk of common childhood infections and some rare but serious infections and diseases, like leukemia.
The risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is 56% higher for babies who were never breastfed.
Mothers who never breastfed are also at a higher risk for certain health issues, like breast and ovarian cancer.
The U.S. is one of only 3 countries in the world without a guaranteed maternity leave, which can be important for breastfeeding moms.