Breastfeeding Benefits

Breastfeeding is safe and free and cannot be replicated by any formula. The CDC recommends that infants breastfeed until 6 months of age. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) also supports breastfeeding because it benefits both the mother and child.

Breastfeeding Benefits Baby:

  • Assists with brain development
  • Strengthens the infant’s immune system
  • Easy to digest (infants have decreased bowel and G.I issues)
  • Reduces the risk of asthma, obesity, diabetes, ear infections, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)

Breastfeeding Benefits Mom:

  • Burns calories which help mothers return to their pre-pregnancy weight
  • Decreases the risk of developing diabetes, breast and ovarian cancers
  • Can decrease or delay the return of the menstrual cycle

Contraindications to Breastfeeding:  

  • Mothers diagnosed with HIV and living in the U.S. (other countries may have different rules)
  • Mothers who test positive for Ebola virus or recently recovered from it