Breastfeeding benefits continue

  • The nutritional and immunological benefits of breastfeeding continue.
  • Learn the psychological and emotional benefits of breastfeeding for you and your baby.
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for at least the first year.

Congratulations for choosing to continue to breastfeed! This section includes additional reasons for breastfeeding to help empower you to continue breastfeeding as long as you and your baby desire. 

Five additional nutritional and immunological benefits 
Research about breastmilk and lactation continues with confirmation that the nutritional and immunological benefits of breastmilk and physiology of lactation play a significant role for desired immediate and long-term health outcomes for mom and baby.  

  1. Your antibodies continue to be supplied in your breastmilk in every single feeding, which continues to protect your baby from illness.  
  2. Your breastmilk is unique and contains prebiotics and probiotics that are customized for your baby. Prebiotics and probiotics complement each other to support a healthy immune system with every feeding.
  3. Breastmilk naturally contains a healthy omega fatty acid blend to support brain and eye development. A diet rich in the omega fatty acids will produce a higher concentration of healthy omega fats in your breastmilk.
  4. The act of lactating has long-term health benefits for you. The longer you are lactating during your child-bearing years, the lower your risks for developing Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and metabolic syndrome later in life.
  5. Your breastmilk changes from feeding-to-feeding, day-to-day and month-to-month to meet the changing nutritional needs of your baby. 

Additional psychological and emotional benefits 
The act of breastfeeding and lactation brings with it confirmed benefits for you and your baby’s psychological and emotional health.  

  • Breastfeeding moms have been found to have a lower risk of developing post- partum depression. 
  • The bonding between you and your baby while breastfeeding builds trust and closeness. This nurtures an overall comforted and secure baby. 

Environmental and financial savings while still convenient

  • Fewer illnesses for the exclusively breastfed six-month-old results in health care cost savings for you and our nation.
  • Breastmilk is 100% natural; therefore, no need for formula cans and other formula-feeding supplies to fill up landfills.
  • Breastfeeding is available when needed and becomes easier with practice.

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