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Benefits of Breastfeeding

For Your Baby:

It protects against:
  • Ear infections
  • Diarrhea and other stomach issues
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Bone loss later in life
Additionally:
  • It reduces risk of SIDS, diabetes and obesity
  • Breast milk is all your baby needs for the first 6  months of life
  • It gives your baby stronger bones and teeth
  • Your Milk vs. Formula ComparisonIt helps your baby develop a higher IQ and improves brain development
  • It promotes lower blood pressure and cholesterol later in life

For You:

Breastfeeding reduces risk of:
  • Cancer including breast and ovarian
  • Postpartum depression
  • Low-iron
Additionally:
  • It helps return uterus to its normal size
  • It promotes weight loss (burns up to 500 calories per day!)
  • It reduces health care costs because babies are healthier
  • It helps you develops a special bond with your baby

Breastfeed for the Best Start information in Spanish (pdf)