Why should I consider breastfeeding? There are many reasons women choose to breastfeed their babies. Health benefits for breastfed babies include fewer ear infections, respiratory infections like pneumonia, childhood diabetes, meningitis, allergies and some childhood cancers. The health benefits for the breastfeeding mother include lower risks of pre-menopausal breast cancer, osteoporosis and cervical cancer, as well as faster return to pre-pregnancy weight. Not to mention the financial benefits of not having to pay for formula, and the ecological benefits of no breast-milk packaging.
What are the health benefits of breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding protects babies from infections and illnesses that include diarrhea, ear infections and pneumonia. Breastfed babies are less likely to develop asthma. Children who are breastfed for six months are less likely to become obese. Breastfeeding also reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Mothers who breastfeed have a decreased risk of breast and ovarian cancers.