Every woman’s journey to motherhood is different, but one of the first decisions a new mom makes is how to feed her child. When you choose to breastfeed, you make an investment in your baby’s future. Breastfeeding allows you to make food that is perfect for your baby. Your milk gives your baby a healthy start that will last a lifetime.
There are many benefits to breastfeeding:
- Mothers that breastfeed their children have a better weight status than moms that use artificial baby milk. They also have a lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, breast and ovarian cancer, and postpartum depression.
- Children that are breastfed typically score higher on IQ tests and are sick less often. They also have a lower risk for developing respiratory and gastrointestinal infections, asthma, obesity, Type 2 diabetes, and SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).
- Mothers of breastfed babies enjoy a special bond through the skin-to-skin contact that breastfeeding involves.
- A breastfeeding family can save approximately $1,500 per year on formula costs.