Benefits for Babies
- Breast fed babies are less likely to have ear infections, stomach problems or common illnesses.
- There is a decreased risk of developing diabetes or childhood lymphomas when children have been breast-fed.
- Brain development is facilitated by factors found only in breast milk.
Benefits for Women
- They recover more easily from childbirth, and have less anemia
- Child care activities can be more pleasurable when enhanced by the hormones that support lactation.
- The risk of breast and ovarian cancer is decreased.
- Early pregnancy with another child is much less likely.
Benefits for the Entire Family
- There is a decrease in the financial burden of a new baby.
- Breast milk is far cheaper than breast milk substitutes.
- Breast fed babies are healthier and there is a decrease in expenses for medical treatment and lost work days caring for a sick child.
- Increased birth intervals from decreased fertility can make the child rearing years more feasible.