Health benefits of breastfeeding your baby

Posted by GPWHC on 18 August 2016

August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month, and the staff at GPWH are excited to share some of the ways that breastfeeding is beneficial for you, your baby, your wallet, and even the earth! 

Breastfeeding is good for you!  The health benefits of breastfeeding your baby have been proven time and again and include weight loss or easier weight management (it can burn up to 500 calories per day!), reduced risk of post-menopausal breast and ovarian cancer, delayed menstruation, stronger bones and reduced risk of osteoporosis, and more.  The surge of hormones caused by breastfeeding can also help with post-natal recovery, and can help fight or reduce the risk of post-partum depression. 

It’s great for your baby!  Breastfeeding reduces the risk of colds, viruses, and pneumonia in babies, and can have long-term health benefits as well, including a reduced risk of type 1 diabetes, and digestive disorders Crohn’s disease and Celiac’s disease.  It also reduces the SIDS risk by half, reduces the risk of childhood obesity, and can help increase the bond with mom.  Breastmilk is customized to your baby, and what he or she needs every moment, it is constantly changing to meet the exact needs your baby has every day. 

It’s great for your budget and the earth!  Breastfeeding is free, whereas formula can cost several hundred dollars per month, so breastfeeding can help offset the economic costs of raising a baby.  It’s good for the earth too, there is no packaging to throw away!

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