Human milk boosts a baby’s immune system big time, helping baby fight viral, bacterial, and parasitic infections.
Breastfeeding can actually reduce baby’s risk of disease later in life.
Breastfeeding reduces mama’s risk of ovarian and breast cancer, heart disease, and osteoporosis. The longer she breastfeeds, the higher the benefit. In fact, a woman who breastfeeds for 8 years has nearly a 0% risk of breast cancer.
Breastfeeding saves a family approximately $2 to 4 thousand dollars annually (compared to cost of formula).
Breastfeeding helps mama heal faster in the postpartum, helping her uterus return to pre-pregnancy size faster and lowering overall postpartum blood loss.
Breastfeeding can help mama return to her pre-baby weight. It takes 1000 calories a day on average to produce breast milk.
Producing breast milk consumes 25% of the body’s energy, the brain only uses 20% by comparison.