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  1. Breastfeeding helps a new mom to lose weight. You 'burn' 500 calories each day just by breastfeeding!
  2. Breastfeeding helps the uterus to return to its original size. It also helps to prevent excessive bleeding after the birth of the baby.
  3. Formula-fed babies have more fat cells than breastfed babies, and statistics show they are at greater risk for obesity later in life.
  4. 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.
  5. Breastfed 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.
  6. Breastfeeding 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
  7. Breastmilk 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 stain clothing.
  8. 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.
  9. A 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.)
  10. Breastfeeding reduces a mother's chance of getting breast cancer and her
    daughter's chance of getting it as an adult.
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