Breast-Feeding Benefits

Breast-Feeding Benefits

Benefits for Baby

Research indicates that babies who are breastfed are at reduced risk for:

  • Stomach or intestinal infections.
  • Chronic constipation, colic, and other stomach upsets.
  • Skin diseases (infantile eczema).
  • Allergy problems (infantile allergies).
  • Fewer incidences of vomiting and diarrhea (20-35 million episodes of diarrhea occur in children under the age of 5, resulting in over 200,000 hospitalizations and 400-500 deaths in the U.S.).
  • Obesity, developing high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, iron-deficiency anemia, cancer, and tooth decay.
  • Ear infections,colds, respiratory illnesses, pneumonia, bronchitis, kidney infections, septicemia (blood poisoning).
  • The varying composition of breastmilk keeps pace with the infant’s individual growth and changing nutritional needs.
  • Reduced risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) Statistics reveal that for every 87 deaths from SIDS, only 3 are breast-fed.
  • Nursing promotes facial structure development, enhanced speech. straighter teeth and enhances vision.

midwife birth at the Gentle Beginnings Birth Center by Sarah Jones, Dallas Fort Worth midwife

Benefits for Mom

  • Reduced risk of breast, uterine, and ovarian cancer
  • 1/2 the calories needed to manufacture milk is pulled from fat stores… can burn from 500 – 1,500 calories per day
  • Decreased post-partum bleeding
  • Saves at least $2,000 per year, depending on which formula you buy
  • Saves time on bottle cleaning and formula preparation, increasing your sleep
  • Always the right temperature, ready made
  • Protection against osteoporosis and hip fracture later in life
  • Reduced risk of mortality for women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has been associated with total time of lactation
  • Helps delay return of fertility and to space subsequent pregnancies
  • Develops a special emotional relationship and bonding with her child
  • Breastfed babies are sick less thus reducing healthcare costs to family in Doctor office visits, prescriptions, over the counter medicine purchases, and hospitalizations
  • Moms miss less time off from work due to child related illnesses
Sarah is available for private breast-feeding consultations in Dallas/Forth or at Gentle Beginnings Birth Center in Hurst, Texas.
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