One of the most highly effective preventive measures a mother can take to protect the health of her infant and herself is to breastfeed.

Both mothers and children benefit from breast milk as breast milk contains antibodies that protect infants from bacteria and viruses. Breastfed children have fewer ear, respiratory and urinary tract infections and have diarrhea less often. Infants who are exclusively breastfed tend to need fewer health care visits, prescriptions and hospitalizations resulting in a lower total medical care cost compared to never-breastfed infants. Breastfeeding also provides long-term preventative effects for the mother, including an earlier return to pre-pregnancy weight and a reduced risk of pre-menopausal breast cancer and osteoporosis.

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Why Breastfeeding is Important

The experience of breastfeeding is special for so many reasons, including the joyful bonding with your baby, the perfect nutrition only you can provide, the cost savings, and the health benefits for both mother and baby.