helps a new mom to lose weight. You 'burn' 500 calories
each day just by breastfeeding!
Breastfeeding helps the uterus to return to its original
size. It also helps to prevent excessive bleeding after
the birth of the baby.
babies have more fat cells than breastfed babies, and
statistics show they are at greater risk for obesity later
Research shows that children who were breastfed have higher
IQ's than those who received formula. Breastmilk has special
factors which develop brain cells, and these factors are
not present in formula.
babies are healthier babies. Research has shown that children
who received formula as infants have a much greater chance
of developing diabetes, asthma, allergies, and cancer.
helps to decrease a woman's stress level. Every time she
breastfeeds, her brain releases a hormone (Prolactin)
which induces a state of 'euphoria' or feeling of well-being
is simple to digest, (or, in other words, formula is not).
Babies who are completely breastfed do not usually have
trouble with spitting up. When they do spit up, it doesn't
Babies who receive formula are prone to constipation.
Formula contains large amounts of iron (too much) because
the type of iron used is not easily absorbed by the body,
thus, most of the iron in formula actually passes out
into the babies stool. The iron in breastmilk is completely
utilized by the body, so, breastfed babies do not have
problems with constipation.
LACK OF BREASTFEEDING has been identified as one of the
3 modifiable risk factors in SIDS ('crib death')!!! (The
other two are: 1. prone sleep position (on stomach) and
2. exposure to cigarette smoke.)
Breastfeeding reduces a mother's chance of getting breast
cancer and her
daughter's chance of getting it as an adult.